Thursday, May 6, 2010
NBC2 Online Article about Chemtrails
Jet exhaust or government conspiracy?
Posted: May 04, 2010 1:29 PM CDT
Updated: May 5, 2010 06:31 PM
When Drake Bailey looks up, he doesn't see Mother Nature at work. Instead, this Venice, Florida resident says he sees the weather ‘big brother' wanted him to have.
"When I was a kid in the 1950's, winters were different. Well, has anything changed that? You start asking questions and eventually you end up at places that give you the answers," Bailey told us.
His answer? Chemtrails.
But in order to understand chemtrails, you need a little science lesson about their counterparts called contrails. Contrail is short for condensation trail, or the visible trail of condensed water vapor made by the exhaust of airplane engines.
Bailey's theory is that chemicals are being added to jet fuel turning contrails into chemtrails. The government then uses ground technology to superheat the air, releasing those chemicals. Depending on the type of chemical, rain clouds will form, or be prevented from forming. The end result? The government can control droughts, floods, even hurricanes.
Both the History and the Discovery channel have produced documentaries about the theory. Books have been written; even federal agencies like the Air Force and the Environmental Protection Agency have had to address thousands of inquiries about the subject.
Where's the proof? Well, scientists have put chemicals in the atmosphere before.
Meteorologists call it cloud seeding. While it has a very minimal effect, scientists have produced rain by spreading dry ice, or silver iodide, in the upper parts of clouds.
In the 1960s and '70s the government attempted something similar with a project called Storm Fury. It was a partnership with the Navy to try and reduce the strength of hurricanes by cooling and weakening the storm's core.
"The problem is, this Storm Fury idea didn't work," said Dr. Chris Landsea, with the National Hurricane Center in Miami. "They tried it around a few storms. It turns out what they were doing essentially had no effect."
As for chemtrails? Dr. Landsea says they're not real.
"Unfortunately, large-scale weather modification is just science fiction at this point. There are theories into how you could do it but practicality it just doesn't work," he said.
He says what theorists call chemtrails, are really lingering contrails produced by the right weather conditions. We may see more of them in Florida because our high humidity can make contrails grow and stick around for much longer than in places with lower humidity levels.
But Bailey doesn't buy it, and neither do thousands of others who blame the government, not Mother Nature, for the weather.
More information about chemtrails and chemtrail conspiracy theories:
Chemtrail conspiracy theory
Discovery Channel: Best Evidence: Chemical Contrails (YouTube video)
History Channel documentary on chemtrails and weather warfare (YouTube video)