Meteorology: Firing Back at Hail

One hailstorm smashed 3,000,000 bushels of standing wheat in Nebraska; another destroyed $2,000,000 worth of tobacco in North Carolina. In a single year, hailstorms can cost U.S. insurance companies tens of millions of dollars. Now, after helplessly enduring bombardments of hail for centuries, man is effectively mounting a counterbarrage of his own. In an 88-page report recently translated into English at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., Russian scientists say that they can suppress hail over large areas by firing antiaircraft shells into hail-producing clouds.

Meteorologists have long...

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