China fires rockets into clouds to bring rain and ease drought
Weather officials used rockets to facilitate cloud seeding and bring rain to ease drought conditions in China.
Operators from the Wugang Meteorological Bureau of Hunan fired several rockets into the sky during overcast weather on September 17. Light to moderate rain fell soon after, according to the China Meteorological Administration.
Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification in which traces of silver iodide or dry ice are added to saturated clouds. These small particles help to condense moisture, expediting precipitation.
China’s State Council said last year that the country aims to have a ‘developed weather modification system’ by 2025. The program is set to cover around 5.5 million square kilometres in China, reportedly to help with agriculture, disaster relief, and weather emergency responses in response to drought.