Laser beam being tested to produce rain

Laser beam being tested to produce rain

POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 5:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 5:10pm

If there is one thing we need in east Texas, it's rain.

We were counting on a system in the Gulf of Mexico to bring us rain, but now that's iffy.

With all the advancements in science, why can't we just make it rain when we need it, right?

Well, may be one step closer to that. 

It's called cloud seeding -- it starts with dropping silver iodide into the clouds.

The iodide is hygroscopic, which means its draws moisture.

The droplets it creates become so big, they fall to the ground as rain.

But now, scientists are looking at other ways to make it rain, like laser assisted water condensation.

A red laser beam pierces a cloud, creating those water droplets.

The one ethical problem, or arguement about weather modification has always been ... what if something goes wrong?

Meteorologists weigh in on what they think.

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