>> ASIAONE / NEWS / LATEST NEWS / ASIA / STORY
China used planes, rockets to prevent wet end of Games
Mon, Aug 25, 2008
AFP

BEIJING, CHINA - Meteorologists dispatched eight planes to release rain dispersal chemicals and fired 241 rockets into incoming clouds to ensure a dry Beijing Olympics closing ceremony, state media said Monday.

Rain clouds from the north of China had started to move towards the capital on Sunday afternoon, Guo Hu, head of the Beijing Observatory, was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency as saying.

"We decided to use planes to cover a larger area, along with firing rain dispersal rockets from the ground," said Zhang Qiang, an official at the Beijing Weather Modification Office, according to Xinhua.

Meteorologists also fired more than 1,000 rockets into clouds on August 8 to prevent showers from ruining the opening ceremony -- the biggest-ever operation of its kind by China.

China has long dabbled in rain dispersal and rain-making technology, using a vast array of chemicals to either induce or prevent rainfall.

Scientists have viewed the technology as promising, but acknowledge that no method has been developed to objectively prove that such techniques work.


 
 
STORY INDEX
 
  China used planes, rockets to prevent wet end of Games
   
 
  Australian plan to create 'homophobia free-zones' attacked
   
 
  Philippines leader gets oil firms to cut diesel prices
   
 
  Three killed in Thai Muslim south after 'ceasefire'
   
 
  S. Korean PM accuses Japan of damaging ties
   
 
  Thailand declares state of emergency in Bangkok
   
 
  One dead, dozens wounded as Thai protesters clash
   
 
  Japan PM resigns
   
 
  Thaksin sells his Manchester City Club to Abu Dhabi
   
 
  Top Thai union calls for strike to boost protests
   
>> RELATED STORY
China used planes, rockets to prevent wet end of Games
Liu's agony is China's too
Fraser leads Jamaican 100m sweep
The new gold standard
Phelps wins it all and still wants more

Elsewhere in AsiaOne...

Travel: China plans to spy on Olympic hotel guests: US senator

Health: Beijing spitters do their part for 'green' Olympics

Business: Olympics TV clip made in S'pore

Just Women: Why I'm betting on the guys

 

   

Search: