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Harnessing Mother Nature: The Storied History of Hurricane Control and Cloud Seeding

During the years that followed the end of World War II in August 1945, many Americans were optimistic that science and technology would create a better world. During the war, they had produced wonders such as radar and the atomic bomb. There was no telling what they would come up with now that they were turning to peacetime pursuits.

In the meteorological community, some turned their attention to the possibility that humans could control the weather: specifically, hurricanes.

 

JACK WILLIAMS was the founding weather editor of USA TODAY and is now a freelance writer. He is the author or co-author of seven books, five of which are about weather.

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