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Beware the Rainmakers

In 1838, James Pollard Espy, the first meteorologist to be employed by the US government, made an odd request to the Senate: He proposed they pay him for burning huge swaths of the nation’s forests. The idea was to make it rain. For years, scientists had been proposing that adding particulate matter such as smoke to the atmosphere would induce clouds to release rain. Espy was convinced they were right, so he…
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by: Ginger Strand – Spring 2013


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