Conspiracy theories: Weather modification

The HAARP project in Alaska. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The HAARP project in Alaska. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

It’s a fact: people have been trying to modify weather patterns since ancient times through religious and magical practices.

In more modern times, cloud seeding to to “enhance precipitation” is a common technique, according to a Wikipedia article. The same article describes several attempts by people — and governments — to control the weather. The United States and Canada even “entered into an agreement under the auspices of the United Nations for the exchange of information on weather modification activity.”

And weather modification in warfare has been banned by the United Nations — as if that would stop nations from using doing it, eh?

And then came the project known as HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program based in Alaska considered to be a “U.S. military defense project” that has generated a lot of controversy.

Reports one article on a site called Want To Know:

“Though denied by HAARP project officials, some respected researchers allege that secret electromagnetic warfare capabilities of the project are designed to forward the US military’s stated goal of achieving full-spectrum dominance by the year 2020.

“Others go so far as to claim that HAARP can and has been used for weather control, to cause earthquakes and tsunamis, to disrupt global communications systems, and more. They point to major aspects of the program which are kept secret for alleged reasons of “national security.” The U.S. patent of a key developer of HAARP and other documentary evidence support these claims. And there is no doubt that electromagnetic weapons capable of being used in warfare do exist. The project’s $300 million price tag also suggests more is going on than meets the eye.”

Two images of the sky over the HAARP Gakona Facility using the NRL-cooled CCD imager at 557.7 nm. The field of view is approximately 38°. The left-hand image shows the background star field with the HF transmitter off. The right-hand image was taken 63 seconds later with the HF transmitter on. Structure is evident in the emission region. (Wikimedia Commons)
Two images of the sky over the HAARP Gakona Facility using the NRL-cooled CCD imager at 557.7 nm. The field of view is approximately 38°. The left-hand image shows the background star field with the HF transmitter off. The right-hand image was taken 63 seconds later with the HF transmitter on. Structure is evident in the emission region. (Wikimedia Commons)

According to the official HAARP website, “HAARP is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes.” The ionosphere is the delicate upper layer of our atmosphere which ranges from about 30 miles (50 km) to 600 miles (1,000 km) above the Earth’s surface.

The HAARP project website acknowledges that experiments are conducted which use electromagnetic frequencies to fire pulsed, directed energy beams in order to “temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere.”

Some people even speculate that HAARP can wipe out all electronics in a city within seconds, and can be used to control and manipulate human emotions . . .

And on and on it goes. I’m not even sure if the HAARP project is still up and running, or if it has shut down.

I remember when HAARP was turned on in the late 1990s. A short time afterward, weather patterns went crazy in Quebec, and we had an ice/freezing rain storm in January that last for five days, practically destroying the hydro-electricity grid and leaving millions without power. The weather has never been the same since in Quebec, indeed, around the world.


I doubt it. There is no doubt in my mind that several nations have been and still are experimenting with weather control in different ways, and that they most certainly have had some measure of what they consider to be success. Read a report on the Global Research site for more information.

But at what cost? Well, we are having a cool summer this year, with temperatures falling to as low as 10C (50F) at night — in July. We had a very cold winter, but not a lot of snow, which is unusual for this province. Ditto for the winter before.

And as you all know, weather patterns have changed around the world. They call it climate change — but what changed the climate so suddenly? Why has it been getting colder in Quebec? Why are Quebecers using more energy to heat their homes in the winter?

Do you buy into any of the conspiracy theories? Do you think nations tampering with the ionosphere and the ozone layer in a bid to control the weather have, in fact, screwed it up?

Or do you think there is a more natural reason for the change in weather patterns around the world?

(I am so looking forward to this discussion . . . smiles . . . next up: UFOs and alien abductions . . . grins . . . )

— Jillian

5 thoughts on “Conspiracy theories: Weather modification

  1. The EPA has established that the average car emits 6metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Do you remember when those images of the Chinese were riding bicycles through the streets of cities in China? Now I don’t see any bikes(pedal). Not to mention the scooters + motorcycles throughout SEA. And then there’s India. Meanwhile here in NA the SUVs are everywhere and driven by single drivers. The suburbs are replete with 3-4 cars per driveway. You do the Math %|


  2. I have been a HAM radio operator for a half-century. In my early days I would hold a fluorescent lamp near the transmitting antenna and the HF energy (7 MHz) would light it up. HAARP did the same thing. It was an artificial Aurora Borealis. Atmospheric scientists could tell a lot from the altitude and colors of the artificial Aurora. The man-made Aurora was much smaller than naturally occurring Auroras and there is absolutely no evidence that they affected the weather.

    And HAARP really messed up HAM communications when it was transmitting. Fortunately, it was not often and almost always in the winter, and scheduled. (The American Radio Relay League – ARRL – published the HAARP schedule in their member’s magazine, “QST”).

    Yeah, great conspiracy – let’s publish a schedule so the tin-foil crowd can search for fabricated evidence of [insert your favorite paranoia here].

    One hour of a 2-inch thunderstorm is estimated to contain 1.2 billion kilowatt hours of potential energy. That’s more energy than the entire US consumes in an hour. To think that we could alter the course of weather with a puny 10 Megawatts of RF energy from HAARP is like trying to alter the tide with a bucket of water.

    HAARP was a DOD project because the theory was that it could provide over-the-horizon radar coverage. Some of the experiments performed were to this end. HAARP was recently discontinued because it was too expensive and satellites provide better observation results.

    The Soviet Union had a similar project knicknamed “The Russian Woodpecker” because of the pulsing sounds heard on the HAM frequencies. HAMS hated the damned woodpecker because it could wipe out entire bands when transmitting. Which they did often and without announcement. Sure enough, the tin-foil crowd claimed weather modification by the russians.


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