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Strange Clouds: High Frequency Ionospheric Experiments

A very narrow strip of clouds lined up almost perfectly with the highway at one point during the morning near Tuscaloosa Alabama, making for some unusual photos.

The band of clouds which look like altocumulus, or perhaps dissipating stratocumulus, clouds was visible both from the ground and on satellite images of the region as it cut across the northern half of the state.

Could this be a natural phenomenon, or secret military weather and atmospheric modification experements?

By nature, this strange feature formed ahead of what is known as a ‘shortwave trough’ — a little ‘kink’ in the overall pattern of low pressure troughs and high pressure ridges.

Shortwaves are associated with areas of lift in the atmosphere. In this case, that lift allowed a line of clouds to condense in an otherwise pretty dry region of the atmosphere.

The sharp edges of the band are an indication of the overall dryness of the air, as well as the prevailing northerly winds at low levels. Winds from the north spreading out over the Southeastern U.S. are generally down-sloping winds, thanks to the tail end of the Appalachians.

Down-sloping, or sinking, air has the opposite effect of our shortwave; it keeps the air from rising far enough to form clouds. Those northerly winds also cut off any humid on-shore flow from the Gulf or the Atlantic, preventing them from adding moisture to the region.

Thus, the sky on either side of the shortwave trough is almost completely clear, while that small area of uplift still had just enough moisture on hand to generate these wisps of cloud.


In the early 1990’s the United states started a controversial program called HAARP.

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program was initiated as an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA.

It was designed and built by BAE Advanced Technologies. Its original purpose was to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. As a university-owned facility, HAARP is a high-power, high-frequency transmitter used for study of the ionosphere.

The most prominent instrument at HAARP is the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI), a high-power radio frequency transmitter facility operating in the high frequency band. The IRI is used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere.

Other instruments, such as a VHF and a UHF radar, a fluxgate magnetometer, a digisonde (an ionospheric sounding device), and an induction magnetometer, are used to study the physical processes that occur in the excited region.

Some conspiracy theorists have theorized that this was a secret attempt of weaponized weather artificially created.

Recently, China is developing a powerful weather-modification network—that’s more than twice the size of Texas—to bring much-needed rain to the Tibetan Plateau.

According to the New Scientist, the machine works by seeding clouds with silver iodide particles that trigger them to release moisture. The process involves positioning burner devices at the base of mountain ranges to send immense gusts of hot fumes and iodide upward into the sky.

This prompts the clouds to produce ice crystals that descend onto Earth as rain and snow. The additional water is expected to greatly increase harvest productivity and food production in the area.

Researchers have estimated that the machines have the potential to increase rainfall—or meltwater—per year by 10 trillion, which amounts to approximately 7 percent of the mainland’s total water consumption.

The chemtrail conspiracy theory is based on the belief that long-lasting condensation trails are “chemtrails” consisting of chemical or biological agents left in the sky by high-flying aircraft, sprayed for nefarious purposes undisclosed to the general public.

Believers in this conspiracy theory say that while normal contrails dissipate relatively quickly, contrails that linger must contain additional substances.

Those who subscribe to the theory speculate that the purpose of the chemical release may be solar radiation management, weather modification, psychological manipulation, human population control, or biological or chemical warfare and that the trails are causing respiratory illnesses and other health problems.

…and why not? China and other nations seem to be conducting similar experiments on a regular basis.

Just this year, China and Russia have jointly conducted a controversial series of experiments to modify Earth’s atmosphere with high-frequency radio waves.

From a Russian installation called the Sura Ionospheric Heating Facility near the town of Vasilsursk, east of Moscow, scientists emitted high-frequency radio waves to manipulate the ionosphere, while the Chinese Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES) measured the effects on plasma disturbance from orbit.

It’s not the first time research like this has been conducted, but news of the China-Russia developments – conveyed via a published paper on the experiments, and a recent article in the South China Morning Post – has ignited concerns over the potential military applications of this kind of science.

There are many many more examples of weather and atmospheric experiments implemented by various nations starting in the 20th century.

From science we can learn more about our planet and how it operates to help preserve it and its quality for all life of the planet.

For example, creating much needed rain in dry areas.

Although the same technology can be used adversarily to pursuede or even harm others, ultimately the planet itself.

There is much more about strange weather phenomenons that we are learning about everyday.

Natural phenomenon or secret military weather and atmospheric experiments? With recent world tensions at an unpresidented level, its harder than ever to descern.

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