Cloud Ionization, Electric Rainmaking, and Laser-guided Weather Modification

Cloud Ionization, Electric Rainmaking, and Laser-guided Weather Modification

I know what you’re thinking, I must be crazy, right?

Though plenty of scientists would agree with you, a few companies are touting their ability to create rain from clouds that would normally produce none. This process is barely understood by the scientific community and has yet to become proven science, nonetheless these devices are being field-tested around the globe. Most people are unaware that weather modification by cloud seeding has gone on for years, and even less are aware of this new technology.

Cloud ionization, ionic cloud seeding

An ambitious project attempts to ionize the lower atmosphere and create conditions where raindrops can easily form.

Cloud seeding via ionization technology is highly controversial. When Meteo Systems deployed their WeatherTec system in Abu Dhabi and claimed to make it rain 50 times in the desert, this statement caught the ear of the World Meteorological Organization’s Expert Team on Weather Modification, who convened a meeting March 22-24, 2010. Their conclusion: don’t believe the hype.

WMO Statement - Large-scale weather modification should be treated with suspicion - like Geoengineering SRM by Jim rezn8d Lee

WMO Statement - Large-scale weather modification should be treated with suspicion - like Geoengineering SRM

Not to be dismayed, companies like Meteo Systems continue to make claims while experimenting in our skies. This article will list companies and technology involved in artificial ionization, electric rainmaking, fog dispersal, and atmospheric pollution removal.


Meteo Systems - WeatherTec™

WEATHERTEC™ is the new leading-edge technology to secure the future supply of freshwater in many areas of need. It also has other applications to reduce some of the most negative impacts of weather.
  • WeatherTec™ uses electrical charge to create attractive forces between particles:
    1. If supercooled droplets touch certain particles (called contact freezing nuclei) they will freeze instantly into ice particles
    2. The electric charge caused by WeatherTec™ increases the likelihood that this will occur
Weathertec cloud ionizer Abu Dhabi by Jim rezn8d Lee

WeatherTec cloud ionizers were used in Abu Dhabi for precipitation enhancement, with claimed results of making it rain over 50 times when forecasters expected no rain. Their system employs radio frequency antennas to emit negatively charged ions which statically charge clouds, increasing water drop size, causing precipitation. An easier way to put it is the antennas create statically charged dust particles in the cloud that attracts water vapor, forming droplets that fall to the ground.

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AST Clear Sky Manager TM
Based on the ILAP Technology (Influence on the Local Atmospheric Processes), Clear Sky Manager TM

has been developed by Advanced Synoptic Technologies Ltd (AST) for managing, at a local atmospheric level, humidity density in the sky in order to pursue a wide range of possible objectives: create precipitation, avoid (or create) snow, disperse fog and smog or, generally speaking, conduct any type of atmospheric action that may improve working/living conditions at ground level. Based on top of the art technology, Clear Sky Manager TM relies on high-speed ionic generators for initiating and managing upwards/downwards air streams within a given area, up to 100 km diameter.

The system requires the installation on the ground of 5 to 8 ionic generators that are locally distributed in accordance to local ground and meteorological conditions.

Three main operational modes can be programmed and implemented on the basis of the equipment:

  1. “Rainfall” / “Snowfall”

The “Rainfall” mode is meant for initiating or intensifying atmospheric precipitation within a given area, up to 100 km wide. It may be used for agricultural development (possibly in connection with an irrigation infrastructure) or for the prevention and fighting of forest fires. This mode is typically of use in sunny and dry regions.

The system creates a stable upward air stream that carries with it a great amount of atmospheric moisture. On the way to the upper atmosphere, the air is cooling. The atmospheric moisture is condensed, creating clouds or intensifying already existing ones so that precipitation occurs. The upward air stream height and intensity are adjusted according to the desired results by setting up (by local or remote control) the parameters of the ion generator’s working mode. Full size exercises have been conducted in Australia and, more recently, in Dubai, with a resounding success.

The “Snowfall” mode is identical in its essence but is meant for mountain resorts where snow is needed in great quantity for the quality of skying areas or for the safe conduct of winter-sport events.

  1. “No Fog” – “No Smog”

The upward air streams created by Clear Sky Manager TM cause the compensating downward air streams that can be used for enforcing dissipation of clouds and fogs.

The area under control can expand to 100 km² (10 x 10 km). The specific area to protect may be an airport or a seaport, where traffic congestion can be created in case of heavy fog. Clear Sky Manager TM guarantees a clear visibility up to a 1,000 m distance, meeting the criteria of fog destruction. In regions where industry, traffic or land fires create haze or smog, the same technology is able to clear large portions of cities and countryside, suppressing or diminishing the risks and dangers for the health (and for the traffic) associated with a polluted atmosphere.

  1. “Stop Snow” – “Stop Hail” – “ Stop Rain”

The creation of upward warm air streams can be used for building heat walls at the limit of a territory and preventing the incoming snow, hail and rain clouds to enter the protected region. One field of application are airports, where snowfalls delay traffic and create sizeable additional expenses for the cleaning and the maintenance of the runways. On a broader scale, it is possible to prevent large agricultural areas from being destroyed by hail.

A combination of programmed actions can create clear and sunny skies for important outdoor events in periods of bad or unpredictable weather. This may be valuable for social and sporting events, open air festivals, air shows, etc. Source:

ILAP Specifications

  • space required for assembly and installation of one ionic generator: 5 m x 5 m;
  • ionic generator locations will be determined on site depending on landscape, local meteorological conditions and the work schedule approved;
  • fencing and guarding of the ionic generator and necessary equipment locations;
  • power supply: AC 200-240 V, 50/60 Hz, or DC 12-24 V; power consumption of one ionic generator: 200 Watt;
  • availability of a service room for the installation of direct communication,
  • feedback and ionic generator operation parameter control and monitoring hardware set;
  • the area shall be within mobile communication coverage
METHOD FOR BREAKING ANTICYCLONIC CIRCULATION AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT SAID METHOD - Technology and complex of means are protected by the relevant Russian patent for
invention № 2233578: “Method of disturbance of anticyclones circulation and arrangement for its implementation” and possesses a priority application
for international patent PCT/RU2004..000269.

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Australian Rain Technologies (ART) -

ATLANT Australian Rain Technologies cloud ionizer by Jim rezn8d Lee
Introducing electrically charged droplets into a naturally occurring cloud will affect the collision probabilities and hence the rate of droplet coalescence to produce raindrops, and depending on the nature of the cloud result in increased rain drop growth. This forms the basis of the ATLANT™ model.
  • Initially, negative ions are generated from a corona discharge wire array
  • The ions become attached to particles in the atmosphere, which later act as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN);
  • The ions are conveyed to the higher atmosphere by wind, atmospheric convection and turbulence;
  • The electric charges on these particles are transferred to cloud droplets; and
  • The electrostatic forces on droplet interaction aid the coalescence of the cloud droplets. This results in enhanced raindrop growth rate and ultimately increasing rainfall downwind from the Atlant.
Source: How ATLANT™ works

New ways to Water - Australian Rain Technologies - Video Link

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Aquiess Global Rain Project

aquiess global rain project - weather resonance and cloud ionization

In 1990’s, MIT’s Atmospheric Laboratory conducted field trials in non-conventional weather modification technologies.

Through further studies, atmospheric researchers developed a theory that identified macro‐scale weather chaos as ‘the key’ to influencing weather. During late 1990’s an independent research team in Australia stumbled on an ‘atmospheric mechanism’ whilst exploring origins of this theory (link). Experimental trials revealed that “small amounts of electromagnetic energy, applied intelligently,” could force change into weather, based on atmospheric sine wave patterns. This research culminated in the development of an atmospheric resonance technology, represented by Aquiess International (aquiess).

Electromagnetic wave forms are utilized to deliver signals toward a target weather system, that may be as remote as beyond the visible horizon. Proprietary technologies which draw upon data from locally applied hardware and software as well as disparate sensors, are deployed to modify the patterns forming ‘oceanic corridors’ that deliver rain. Scientific analysis of aquiess’ results, shows what is described as ‘resonance technology’, has both a vast reach and incremental scalability.

The core technology and primary IP are protected by treaties and strict security protocols which surround the project. Source: Aquiess

Aquiess and Sciblue team up to end Texas drought using cloud ionization - April thru July 2012
Aquiess and Sciblue team up to end Texas drought using cloud ionization - April thru July 2012 (source: aquiess)

Aquiess' gentle soaking rain and micro-weather modification can assist in a range of applications:
  • drought mitigation
  • flood reduction
  • frost avoidance
  • hail mitigation
  • heat wave mitigation
  • precipitation
  • wind reduction
aquiess weather modification is based on frequencies that are discoverable, code and algorithms, which can enable (an apparent) direct connectivity between programming operations and atmospheric systems. One commonly accepted analogy to this is the setting up of harmonic waves by soldiers marching on a bridge. If enough soldiers march in-time on a bridge, the bridge will oscillate and could inadvertently destroyed. If a device was produced to remotely 'deploy' the same harmonic frequency upon that bridge, it could be physically destroyed without the soldiers. Using this 'resonance mechanism' we have been able to demonstrate modification of atmospheric streams of gentle soaking rain. Souce: Aquiess: Theory

Image source: Aquiess RAINAID – African Drought Relief using Electromagnetic Cloud Shifting






Image source: Aquiess RAINAID – Weaving Global Moisture, Images reference:

Aquiess KTN Interview, How it works - Video Link

"... in the US they are trying to modify the ionosphere to get weather changes"

- Aquiess CEO David Miles.

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Ionogenics ELAT

Images from AMS: Artificial Atmospheric Ionization
Ionogenics Electrification of the Local Atmosphere (ELAT) cloud ionizer (source: AMS)
Website removed from the internet circa 2004?
The brainchild of a fractious group of Russian emigré’s, the poles and wires are in fact a network of conductors meant to ionize the air. If the technique is done properly, the thinking goes, the natural current between the earth and the ionosphere is amplified, leading — through a mechanism that is not fully understood — to rainfall. There are now 17 such installations in six states in Mexico, and in January, federal government agencies decided to back construction and operation of 19 more by 2006, potentially altering the weather in much of parched north and central Mexico. Meanwhile, by May, ELAT’s competitor Earthwise Technologies Inc., of Mexico City and Dallas, could win the right to establish ionization stations in southwest Texas’s water-starved Webb County, which would make it the first such installation in the United States. Source: Electric Rainmaking Technology Gets Mexico’s Blessing

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Laser-induced condensation in a cloud chamber, illuminated by a green auxiliary laser. The cloud’s deformation reveals the air turbulence due to energy deposited by laser filaments. Image credit: J. Kasparian, et al. ©2012 IOP Publishing Ltd (source:

Roland Sauerbrey, an expert on laser physics at the FZD Dresden–Rossendorf Research Centre in Dresden, Germany, says that the team has the potential to create a "breakthrough technology". "This is the first time that a laser has been used to cause condensation outdoors," he says.

However, the technique is still in its early stages. “We can only create condensation along the laser channel, so we won’t be going out and making rain tomorrow,” Kasparian notes. He and his team are now investigating whether they can create condensation over a wider area, by sweeping their laser across the sky.

Thomas Leisner, an atmospheric physicist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, remains cautious about the feasibility of scaling up the technique in this way. “I am sceptical that this could be used to trigger rain on demand,” he says. But he adds that the technology will have other uses. The researchers should now calibrate the relationship between the amount of condensation produced by the laser and the prevailing atmospheric conditions, he says. “They could use the amount of condensation produced by their laser as a measure of water saturation to help forecast the chance of rain,” he says. Source: Rain-making lasers could trigger showers on demand 2010


Lasers are also used to create, divert, or steer lightning, but that's a story for another day.

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Fig 2. Mechanisms by which ionisation may influence cloud formation (Harrison and Aplin, 2001).


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