In the Vancouver Sun this weekend I learned that in anticipation of major public holidays, the Russian Air Force often dispatches a dozen cargo planes “carrying loads of silver iodide, liquid nitrogen and cement powder to seed clouds above Moscow and empty the skies of moisture.”
This technique of “seeding clouds” helps prevent rain from spoiling a holiday. The reason this made the news was because one of the planes accidentally dropped a 25-kg sack of cement on a suburban home in Moscow. Personally, I would rather sacks of cement fall on my roof than all the rain we endure here in the Fraser Valley.
I would like to begin fundraising for the purchase of a cargo plane and some silver iodide (wherever one buys that) so I can seed all the soggy BC clouds until the end of summer.