New ‘Geostorm’ Trailer Shows Weather Modification Tech Has Gone Crazy

Moviegoers won’t know until October whether or not geostorm is a “good” movie, but from the looks of the new trailer, it’s definitely going to be a busy film. It’s got it all: a trip to Congress, to space, to a trailer park, back to space, and finally, to a natural disaster-ridden car chase that involves a self-driving taxi and a US president. . This is a world where a category level for a storm is, literally, geostorm.

All the drama comes down to a worldwide weather modification program that has been compromised in some way. Although it sounds crazy, the program is quite similar to weather modification systems offered by real scientists today.

“Thanks to a system of satellites, natural disasters are now a thing of the past,” says Andy Garcia as President Andrew (Andy?) Palma at the start of the trailer. “We can control our weather.”

We quickly learn that President Palma’s citizens cannot, in fact, control the weather, but, like us, they have certainly tried — and using similar technology. geostorm‘s satellite weather system, at a glance called the Dutch Boy Program, seems to have been useful at one point, but now that it’s been tampered with, it can only plug the hole of impending natural disasters for so long. long time. Dutch Boy is described as a “global network of satellites, surrounding the planet, which are armed with geo-engineering technologies designed to avert natural disasters”. As the trailer shows, these technologies mainly include lasers and the massive release of some sort of zoom ball.

Lasers are, for those who check the facts, the key: according to a team of international researchers in a 2016 article in Scientists progress, a hypothetical Dutch-scale weather modification system would likely include powerful laser blasts. They know this because they created the lab version of cirrus clouds, which form naturally in cold, upper atmospheric conditions, and then hit those clouds with lasers. A hot plasma formed in the center of the cloud, which broke up the ice particles in the cloud, providing proof of concept that lasers could alter the weather.

The scientists acknowledged that, for now, the use of lasers for this type of geoengineering is purely theoretical – and could have unintended consequences – but they also noted that the technology could potentially mitigate some effects of climate change. .

That’s not to say we can’t alter the weather now: People all over the world are using a technological process invented in the late 1940s known as cloud seeding. This involves shooting silver iodide into the clouds, which triggers the formation of ice crystals. According to the World Meteorological Organization, cloud seeding is used in more than 50 countries around the world to “disperse fog, improve rain and snowfall, and suppress hail.” The key to this technology is, again, clouds: those with the most precipitation work best, especially those that form over mountains.

Will we ever be in danger of a Dutch boy collapse? Probably not anytime soon – we’ve been debating whether to move forward with weather modification technology since the advent of cloud seeding. In 1953 there was a real President’s Advisory Committee on weather control, and in 1978 after the US military used cloud seeding to try to create muddier conditions during the Vietnam War , scientists have argued for the use of weather satellites in weather modification. In 1996, prominent members of the United States Air Force published a research paper on the advancement of weather technology and its potential as a weapon of war.

“A high-risk, high-reward endeavor, weather modification offers a dilemma akin to splitting the atom,” they wrote. “While some segments of society will always be reluctant to consider controversial issues such as weather modification, the enormous military capabilities that could result from this field are ignored at our peril.”

Certain segments of society, but not Geostorm. Also a free prequel idea: Geonado. In 2006, American physicist BJ Eastlund proposed blasting tornado-causing storms with microwave energy from satellites, a type of technology he said could be “as important for weather modification research as as accelerators have been for particle physics”.