China to control rain for games

2010-11-04 09:18

China is preparing to use planes and rockets to disperse rain clouds and ensure clear skies for the Asian Games which start next week in the southern city of Guangzhou.

The official Xinhua News Agency reports that the city is prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure the November?12 to 27 games are rain-free. Weather in the city is usually mild and sunny at this time of year, but authorities appear to be taking no chances.

China claims it employed weather modification techniques to prevent rains from dampening the 2008 Olympic Games in the capital Beijing.

A common method is to seed storm clouds with dry ice or silver oxide released from aircraft or shot from the ground to make it rain before it can disrupt proceedings.

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