Since we read the announcement of a new patent to track weather (granted to WeatherBug) we have been considering how many patents are out there to not only track and predict the weather but also to control it.
Have you ever wondered what are those big planes spraying leaving behind a long trail that crosses the sky? We are not talking about tourist standard planes but about those which project an unusual white long line on the sky (not some romantic lettering either). Well, from what we have investigated those planes are fumigating and spraying interesting chemicals which can alter the weather.
Although some of the patents are designed to form artificial weather such as fog and clouds (such as 1665267– Process of Producing Artificial Fogs, 2409201– Smoke Producing Mixture, etc.), some of them are specifically destined to modify the weather (such as 3545677– Method of Cloud Seeding, 3613992 – Weather Modification Method, etc.) You probably think that if we can manage to control weather the world will be a perfect place to be, with no storms, no hurricanes, no massive floods, essentially none of those giant catastrophes which sadly end up with millions of lives all around the world. But apparently, we are not quite there yet.
The biggest weather project was based on Alaska. You might have heard about the HAARP (High Frequency Advanced Auroral Research Project) which was an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska (recently closed in july 2014) . HAARP’s main goal was apparently basic science research of the uppermost portion of the atmosphere, termed the ionosphere. There were also many conspiracy theories based on this scientific site that claim it has the ability of triggering floods, droughts, hurricanes and earthquakes.
In conclusion, there are about 200 patents granted for climate control and we simply hope altogether with the next ones will make a change in our world, always in a good way.