Science: Weather: Prediction and Control

An old North Woods Indian known for his accurate weather forecasts was once approached by a newspaper reporter who inquired how he could tell that the coming winter would be a cold one. Gesturing toward the cabins of his neighbors, the Indian replied: "White man make big wood pile."

The story, told frequently down in Maine, is doubtless apocryphal. But it reflects the fact that despite modern instruments and meteorological methods, weather forecasting of any kind remains at best an inexact science. Dreams of actually doing something about the weather are equally unrealistic. People...

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