Author Sydney Sheldon said, “The old adage that everyone talks about
the weather but no one does anything about it is no longer valid,” in
an afterword to his fascinating novel Are You Afraid of the Dark?
“Today,” Sheldon continued, “two superpowers have
the ability to control weather around the world: the United States and Russia.
Other countries, probably China and North Korea, are working feverishly to catch
As this article was being written the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina were
still being felt in the southeastern United States, after it caused billions
of dollars in damage along the Gulf of Mexico coast, and the death toll from
the killer storm was still being tabulated.
Could this devastation have been avoided? Could Katrina itself have
been avoided as a death-dealing hurricane?
The answers to both questions are probably “Yes.” The ability
of Russia and the United States to create storms of this magnitude definitely
The big question that remains is, why, then, wasn’t Katrina stopped
before it devastated three states—Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi—along
the Gulf Coast?
There could be any number of reasons, but all would be mere speculation, as
the fact is nothing was done to stop Katrina.
Those who doubt that Katrina, or any other hurricane, could be stopped—or
created—can find substantiation in a long-forgotten article by Chen May
Yee in the Nov. 13, 1997, issue of The Wall Street Journal.
The article recounts an offer by the Russians to aid Malaysia to create a typhoon
to dissipate a pall of smoke that hung over the country—and still does—caused
by the burning of large sections of the rain forests in Indonesia and Sumatra.
To quote from the article: Datuk Law Hieng Ding, Malaysia’s minister
for science, technology and the environment at the time, said his country “would
use special technology to create an artificial cyclone to clean the air.”
The article went on to say that a Malaysian company, BicCure Sdn. Bhd., would
sign a memorandum of understanding with a government-owned Russian company to
create a cyclone that would cause torrential rains and thus cleanse the air
over Malaysia of the smoke and ash.
What Russian company was the Malaysian official talking about?
On Oct. 2, 1992, The Wall Street Journal reported that a Russian company,
Elate Intelligent Technologies, Inc., has weather control equipment for sale
and uses the advertising slogan of “weather made to order.”
Igor Pirogoff, director of the company, said “Elate is capable
of fine-tuning weather patterns over a 200-squaremile area for as little as
$200 U.S. per day,” the newspaper reported.
A year before the article was written, Hurricane Andrew caused $30 billion
in damages as it plowed through the South. Pirogoff said Andrew could have been
turned into “a wimpy little squall.”
According to a UN pamphlet, titled Basic Facts about the United Nations, which
was published in 1994, the world body negotiated the Convention on the Prohibition
of Military or Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques in
1977. This “prohibits the use of techniques that would have widespread,
long-lasting or severe effects through deliberate manipulation of natural processes
and cause such phenomena as earthquakes, tidal waves, and changes in climate
and in weather patterns.”
Getting back to Malaysia, where the potential for creating or dissipating cyclones
seems to have made its first appearance, there was never any follow-up to the
stories about Elate and whether in fact the cyclone was created, although it
was approved by the Malaysian government.
A call by American Free Press to the Malaysian Embassy in Washington
found no one there with any knowledge of the subject.
However, there was more success when the Malaysian delegation to the UN was
contacted in New York. There, a spokesman claimed to have no knowledge of the
creation of a cyclone, but was willing to discuss weather control in his country.
The official said that, by using weather control technology, rain could
be created and was being created over the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur.
He said that often rain was created over the city to cleanse the air
of the smoke emanating from Indonesia, and particularly Sumatra.
He indicated he did not know if the technology being used had been
obtained from Russia, but it would appear that such technology to create rain
on demand would not have been developed in a Third World country like Malaysia.
There have been numerous reports in recent years about strange changes
in the jet stream, which have created alterations in the weather.
In 1982 a report by a Pentagon researcher, identified as L. Ponte, noted that
“the Soviets have made advances in bending the all-important jet
stream that sweeps across Siberia to set global wind patterns. By using explosive
devices in the jet stream, scientists are trying to make it dip and rise in
a wave that could replace the frigid Siberian winters with milder air from the
How this would affect weather in other parts of the world was not reported
by Ponte, but there have been dozens of reports since his 1982 report about
changes in the jet stream’s normal behavior.
In 1996, a group of seven U.S. Air Force officers, who had prepared a research
paper about weather warfare, issued a report, which concluded that there was
technology under development that would provide “warriors of the future”
with the means to control the course of military conflicts, including through
the use of weather modification.
The study also states that manipulation of precipitation, storms and fog could
improve America’s own weather but could also involve controlling the ionosphere
to guarantee U.S. dominance of worldwide communications.
Is major weather control really possible? Is weather manipulation a means of
conducting war? If not, why in 1977 did the United States, the then-Soviet Union
and dozens of other countries believe it was a good idea to enact a UN treaty
banning weather manipulation as a means of conducting war?
In the afterword of his book, Sheldon concludes:
“Weather is the most powerful force we know. Whoever controls it can
disrupt world economies with perpetual rainstorms or tornadoes; wipe out crops
in a drought; cause earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis; close world airports
and cause devastation on enemy battlefields. “We could all sleep better
if a world leader said, ‘Everyone talks about the weather, but no one
does anything about it, and it was true.”