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Has Turkey Been Stealing Rain From Iran?

Is it possible for one country to filch another country's rightful rainfall?

Over the past two months, photos have been circulating on platforms showing contrasting weather conditions in Turkey and Iran. While Turkey exhibits cloudy skies and snow-covered mountaintops, just across the border in Iran, there appears to be nothing but empty skies and dry mountains.

One theory going around suggests that Turkey is somehow stealing Iran’s clouds. “Cloud stealing” is a term referring to the belief or accusation that countries are using technology to manipulate weather patterns to divert rain clouds away from a specific area.

(Via Forbes)

In his 2021 novel Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson describes the fraught nature of trying to influence and manipulate weather, that it can easily harm some nations while helping others.

Amazingly, this story goes back as far as 1972, when a report appeared in the New York Times describing cloud seeding over Vietnam and Laos to increase and control rainfall for military purposes.

The United States has been secretly seeding clouds over North Vietnam, Laos and South Vietnam to increase and control the rainfall for military purposes.

Government sources, both civilian and military, said during an extensive series of inter views that the Air Force cloud seeding program has been aimed most recently at hindering movement of North Vietnamese troops and equipment and suppressing enemy antiaircraft missile fire.

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