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James Pollard Espy - The Storm King

James Pollard Espy (or “The Storm King”) (May 9 1785 – January 24 1860) was a U.S. meteorologist who proposed burning forests on the west coast of the [...]

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Gen. Robert St. George “Dry Hence Forth” Dyrenforth

It is not surprising that European American settlers in the Great Plains, dependent on agriculture and plagued by drought, would develop an interest i [...]

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An Ode to Pluviculture

“The Rhyme of the Rain Machine” by F. W. Clarke Said Jeremy Jonathan Joseph Jones “The weather is far too dry, So I reckon I’ll have to stir my bones [...]

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“Ohio Rain Wizard” Frank Melbourne

RAIN TO ORDER. An Interview With Frank Melbourne, the Rain King. CINCINNATI, July 3. — An evening paper publishes the following interview held with Fr [...]

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Rain-Making Test Unpopular in Washington

SHOWERED GLASS AND PLASTER. Rain-Making Tests Unpopular in Washington. Bombardment of the Sky Kept Up All Night. After a dry spell of many weeks, Wash [...]

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Steiger Vortex Rain-Making Gun

The Steiger Vortex gun is a cone-shaped barrel, fabricated from sheet steel, designed as a rainmaking device. The gun was originally designed by Alber [...]

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Charles Mallory Hatfield “The Moisture Accelerator” Makes Rain For L.A., Floods San Diego

The indisputable fact is that Hatfield went into the hills nineteen times to bring on a rain, and nineteen times it rained when he promised. Last Dece [...]

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C.W. Post: Cereal Czar and Rainmaker

The cereal manufacturer, C. W. Post of Texas, maintained belief in the concussion method. From 1911 to 1914, Post executed “rain battles” near Post Ci [...]

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