Is The Government Controlling The Weather?

On the night of the 15th August 1952, the worst flood in British history swept through the tiny seaside village of Lynmouth 90 million tonnes of water swept through Lynmouth, killing 35 people and leaving over 400 homeless

The cause of the devastation was said to be the extremely heavy rainfall within the water basin surrounding Lynmouth However, newly declassified documents reveal that the RAF was experimenting with artificial rainmaking in the South West the same week as the horrific disaster Did the UK government cause the fatal Lynmouth flood? On the 15th August, 229 inches of rain fell in the 4 miles of moorland surrounding Lynmouth This immense rainfall burst the banks of the River Lyn around 9pm, and began flooding into Lynmouth

At its worst, the water levels were rising 6 inches every 15 minutes As well as the water, 40,000 tonnes of boulders were dragged off the moors, destroying houses and cars The village shop, the chapel and even the harbour walls were completely swept out to sea with the sheer force of the water A local butchers was turned into a temporary mortuary for the dead as some survivors were forced to identify bodies that were completely missing limbs Whilst the British Met Office has admitted to experimenting with cloud seeding, or artificial rainmaking, it flatly denied that any of these experiments took place before 1955 – a whole three years after the disaster

But in 2001, the BBC discovered military documents that prove government ministers authorized military testing of artificial rainmaking across Britain as early as 1949 Declassified documents from 1953 show the armed forces were experimenting with methods of weather control to induce either heavy snowfall that would bury the enemy, or increase rainfall to make rivers impassable The military also suggested that cloud seeding could increase the area of radioactive contamination after an atomic bomb impact As part of the BBC’s investigation, reporters spoke to Squadron Leader Len Otley; he confirmed that he worked on ‘Project’ or ‘Operation Cumulus’, which was also referred to as ‘Operation Witch Doctor’ Otley took part in a successful artificial rainmaking experiment in Northern England in 1949

Group Captain John Hart claims that during one experiment, they poured dry ice onto a cloud and it rained 30 minutes later The Ministry of Defence has also denied that any cloud-seeding experiments were taking place during August of 1952 However, newly declassified documents prove that Project Cumulus was going on between August 4th and August 15th, the day of the flood, that year What’s more, in mid-August 1952, Alan Yates – a lecturer at Cranfield School of Aeronautics at the time – was asked to take part in cloud seeding experiments Using a glider, Yates threw salt into clouds to try to create rainfall

The experiments were so successful that the BBC even made a film about the artificial rainfall According to Yates, the day before the film was due to air, the artificial rain fell over Lynmouth and washed the village into the sea; the film was abandoned Dr Giles Harrison, a meteorologist at Reading University, also noted that if silver iodide had been used in cloud seeding experiments over Lynmouth, traces would be found in the soil Silver residue was found in the catchment area of the River Lyn Despite these findings, the Ministry of Defence and the Met Office have stringently denied the use of cloud seeding during 1952

Others believe that even if the government had been cloud seeding, it couldn’t have caused the huge destruction in Lynmouth According to skeptics, cloud seeding involves using individual clouds that are less than one mile across These small clouds can only produce rain showers that last about 20 minutes – no way near the amount of water needed to create the torrents of water that destroyed Lynmouth Furthermore, cloud seeding doesn’t actually increase the rainfall but simply speeds it up; meaning the cloud would have rained anyway Other meteorologists claim that the storm that caused the flood was stretched across the country, not localised to Lynmouth

Records show that it rained on 13 of the 14 days prior to the flood For weather control skeptics, this proves the flood really was the ‘hand of God’ and not an act of man Investigations into the possible environmental results of weather manipulation didn’t start until 1960 In 1977, the United Nations signed the treaty fondly referred to as ENMOD The Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques effectively bans the use of environmental modification for use during war

But countries still experiment with weather modification In 2008, both China and Russia carried out controversial weather control operations In 1952, 35 people died in an unprecedented flash flood Whether or not they lost their lives through reckless attempts to command Nature, may never be known for sure

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