February 11, 2013
Cloud seeding experiments, such as in Idaho, have been used for decades. Idaho Power used this method of geoengineering to ensure that there was “enough runoff from melting snow in the summertime.”
In 2009, scientists in China used cloud seeding to produce massive amounts of snow in Bejing. Zhang Qiang, head of the Bejing Weather Modification Office admitted that the government took an opportunity to use artificial precipitation to alleviate he city from suffering from drought. This manifestation was the culmination of years of perfecting a technique of geoengineering.
Colorado was the scene of another clouding seeding experiment where the use of the geoengineering is common place to ensure that the state’s water supply remains intact.
According to a report issued by Western Weather Consultants, cloud seeding is recommended as a program that should be used annually. Disregarding that this creates unnatural characteristics in the atmospheric temperatures in the region, grant funding is being used to finance this endeavor.
Over the weekend, Boston local news is reporting a white covering from inland metro areas to the coastline. Combined with strong winds and powerful waves, yet this storm is not breaking previous records.
Being called the Blizzard of 2013, this winter storm dumped snow all across the North East; however fell short of the record of 27.5 inch that fell back in 2003.
Three feet of snowfall has been recorded in New York and Boston. According to mainstream news, residents are frantically “scurr[ying] to stock up on food and water” in cities and towns in Boston, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Upstate New York.
In fact, the Blizzard of 1978 cost $520 million in damage which would translate to $2 billion today with inflation. An estimated 2,000 homes were damaged and a coastal storm surge accompanied the storm. Ninety-nine people died.
Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the NWS explained: “This one doesn’t come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm. Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don’t plan on leaving.”
Dunham said that “everybody’s going to get plastered with snow.”
Coastal flooding warnings from NYC to Rockland, Maine are in effect. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting 18 to 24 inches of snowfall with some regions seeing as much as 36 inches of snow in “intense pockets of precipitation”.
In the North East, the winter storm has brought travel to a halt. More than 4,740 US flights were grounded. Airports in New York and New England were non-operational. Amtrak suspended rail service immediately and Greyhound bus line delayed or cancelled routes from NYC to Montreal, Canada.
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Cape Cod Bay has been shut down, according to authorities, to alleviate any possible threat to the public.
Even while the blizzard continues, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has declared a travel ban on state highway and the National Guard is being deployed to assist in rescuing and emergencies.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick also stated that his state was under emergency protocol with a statewide travel ban, curfew and the necessitated assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.
In New Hampshire, citizens are being stopped and ordered off the road, as the state has been declared a state of emergency thanks to Governor Maggie Hassan. State-run liquor stores are ordered to close their doors by 6pm.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is advising residents remain in their homes while transit systems and interstate bus service have been suspended.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promptly declared a state of emergency. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg engaged an official demand for the streets to be cleared for the 1,700 city plows being used in 12 hour shifts. At the same time, Cuomo ordered the closing of Interstate 84 with the exception of truck traffic from Pennsylvania to Connecticut.
Bloomberg remarked about the snowfall, saying: “We hope forecasts are exaggerating the amount of snow, but you never can tell.”