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Make it rain : state control of the atmosphere in twentieth-century America

Author: Kristine Harper
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Weather control. Juxtaposing those two words is enough to raise eyebrows in a world where even the best weather models still fail to nail every forecast... In Make It Rain, Kristine C. Harper tells the long and somewhat ludicrous history of state-funded attempts to manage, manipulate, and deploy the weather in America. Harper shows that governments from the federal to the local became helplessly captivated by the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kristine Harper
ISBN: 9780226437231 022643723X
OCLC Number: 952470576
Notes: FSU copy 2 signed by the author.
Awards: Florida Book Award, 2017. Bronze, General Nonfiction.
Description: ix, 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Weather control: scientific fringe to scientific mainstream (1890-1950). Ka-boom! --
Weather in an icebox: scientific weather control --
Part II. Coming to grips with weather control (1950-1957). US Congress: controlling weather control --
State governments: averting "weather wars" --
The meteorologists: corralling the research agenda --
Part III. Weather control as state tool (1957-1980). Weather control as state tool on the home front --
Weather control as state tool on military and diplomatic fronts --
Conclusion: weather control and the American state.
Responsibility: Kristine C. Harper.

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"Weather control. Juxtaposing those two words is enough to raise eyebrows in a world where even the best weather models still fail to nail every forecast... In Make It Rain, Kristine C. Harper tells the long and somewhat ludicrous history of state-funded attempts to manage, manipulate, and deploy the weather in America. Harper shows that governments from the federal to the local became helplessly captivated by the idea that weather control could promote agriculture, health, industrial output, and economic growth at home, or even be used as a military weapon and diplomatic tool abroad. Clear fog for landing aircraft? There's a project for that. Gentle rain for strawberries? Let's do it! Enhanced snowpacks for hydroelectric utilities? Check. The heyday of these weather control programs came during the Cold War, as the atmosphere came to be seen as something to be defended, weaponized, and manipulated. Yet Harper demonstrates that today there are clear implications for our attempts to solve the problems of climate change." -- Provided by the publisher.

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