The Rain Maker
Scientific control of the weather became more popular during the last Olympic in Beijing . According to Wikipedia, Cloud seeding is a phenomenon that involves artificial precipitation that uses chemicals such as silver iodide, dry ice (liquefied carbon (iv) oxide), or Propane expansion to induce nucleation that eventually grows to large crystals which precipitates out. But before cloud seeding, the practice of rain making have been with us.
Traditional rain making is not a strange practice after all. For it is a popular practice in the tropics of Africa. A rainmaker must be consulted before major ceremonies. But unlike cloud seeding, traditional African rainmaking do not have specific physical or chemical explanations. It could be describe simply as the use of supernatural powers. All that is physical about it is that local gin is demanded, then the man comes out to waive his hands at the sky. Some rainmakers first set up a small fire before using certain tools to waive at the sky.
But there is a rivalry in the cycle of rain makers. It is usually a problem when there are so many rainmakers within a small community. For you must have to consult with all of them. Otherwise, others may devote their time towards reversing the process. And the situation could be more daisy if you ignore all of them. At that time, You may be surprise at the pool of water from the sky on a fore-casted sunny day.
Unlike cloud seeding, traditional rain making is safe, but has no explanation. Whereas, cloud seeding could be another dangerous practice on our weather and climate, it is a daytime assertion of what the rainmakers have been engaging in for several years.
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