Project Skywater – a Common Method of Rainmaking was BURING/FIRES . . .
In 1961 Congress allocated funding for the creation of a weather modification
program headed by the Bureau of Reclamation. Project Skywater came fifteen years after
Irving Langmuir, Vincent Schaefer, and Bernard Vonnegut of the General Electric
Laboratories in Schenectady, New York, successfully demonstrated that “seeding” clouds
with nucleating agents like dry ice (carbon dioxide) and silver iodide produced rain.
Skywater aimed to demonstrably prove that there was a practical basis for weather
modification, as it was popularly called, in terms of cost-benefit and environmental
sensibility. Nevertheless, the task was both daunting and singular. The science behind
rainmaking was embryonic and not thoroughly tested against the complex variables that
govern the weather.