9 Aug 2008

Chinese fired rain dispersal rockets into coulds over Opening Ceremony

7:20 pm on 9 August 2008

Meteorologists fired 1104 rain dispersal rockets into clouds over Beijing last night in China's biggest operation of its kind to help prevent showers ruining the Olympic Games opening ceremony.

The rockets were fired from 21 sites to blow away clouds during the opening ceremony.

China has long dabbled in rain dispersal and rain-making technology, using a vast array of chemicals to either induce or prevent rainfall.

Scientists have viewed the technology as promising, but acknowledge that no method has been developed to objectively prove that such techniques work.