Weather Modification

Plans in place to keep rain at bay

Although official state media said rain will not be tolerated for Friday's opening ceremony of the Asian Games, because it is in the forecast, Guangzhou is hoping to stave off downpours with the country's best weather control technology.

Wednesday, 10 November, 2010, 12:00am

Fights break out over scarce drinking water

The PLA Air Force dispatched aircraft to trigger artificial rain to ease the worst drought in a century that has seen dozens of fights break out over drinking water in the southwest of the country.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Public deserves warning on weather

The Chinese have suffered dearly due to the misguided and disastrous policies of Mao Zedong . An example was the Great Leap Forward, in which millions of mainlanders perished.

Today President Hu Jintao preaches a theory of scientific development, trying to ensure policies are made according to scientific calculations rather than leaders' whims.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Roads and sky monitored for a smooth last day

Beijing authorities will impose strict traffic controls on roads close to the Olympic Green today to ensure tangle-free roads for the Games' closing ceremony, while the weather bureau has hundreds of rockets aimed at the sky to dispel any rain clouds.

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Typhoons may strike host cities, weather chiefs warn

Forecasters predict treacherous weather during Games

Organisers of the Beijing Olympics could be left praying to the heavens after forecasters predicted a range of treacherous weather during the 17 days of the Games.

4 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Plans afoot to take on Mother Nature, come rain or shine

Games organisers are preparing to battle the elements as the latest predictions suggest the evidence for and evidence against a rainy opening ceremony are equal.

Qiao Lin, chief forecaster at the China Meteorological Administration, warned of six types of negative weather scenarios during the August 8-24 Olympics.

17 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Bureau looking ahead seven months to rain-free Olympics

Much of the mainland might be in the grip of a crippling cold spell but weather experts yesterday forecast clear skies and a rain-free Olympics in seven months' time.

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

High hopes and confidence as countdown to Olympics begins

With the Olympics just a year away, Beijing seems confident it can match the success of previous opening ceremonies and the Games themselves from next August 8.

The high hopes are based on not only the Olympic tradition of success, but also the authorities' increased confidence in their ability to manipulate everything involved, including the weather.

9 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

For sunny Olympics, blow the clouds to bits

Beijing has revealed how it will control the weather during the 2008 Olympic Games - by blasting clouds out of the sky.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The rainmakers

The weather on October 1 was picture perfect; sunny, blue skies, a crisp breeze and not a whiff of the photochemical smog that often cloaks the city. It was just right for the five-starred, red flag to snap commandingly in the breeze on the 55th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Rainmakers linked to SAR deluge

The torrential downpours that soaked Hong Kong this week coincided with a rainmaking operation in which aircraft sprayed chemicals on clouds blanketing Shenzhen.

More than 400mm of rain fell in Hong Kong between Sunday and Tuesday, leaving the territory's reservoirs 90 per cent full, even though the Observatory initially forecast only scattered showers.

19 Sep 2002 - 12:00am