The Electric Sky – 1


In The Electric Sky How to Make, or Suppress Rainfall

The following is an excerpt from… in which Russian atmospheric scientists are selling and installing atmospheric ionizers in northern Mexico to relieve their parched farmlands.

The article above but with an informational critique inserted which in my opinion balances and adds needed depth and a more complete understanding to the story.

…But some atmospheric scientists aren’t so sure the Russians aren’t selling snake oil. “[Ionization] is highly unconventional and in my realm of experience, I have seen no concrete evidence published in a refereed journal, nor have I seen sufficient credible eyewitness verification that the technology works as touted,” says George Bomar, the meteorologist charged by the Texas government with licensing the state’s weather modification projects.

This is the common phenomenon of cognitive dissonance in science. The Russians are performing a weather experiment which should fail according to accepted theory. So the scientist complains that he has seen no concrete evidence published in a refereed journal. But the complaint reduces to a matter of belief. Scientists do not believe electrical power is input to weather systems. Referees who believe atmospheric electricity is an effect, rather than a cause of weather, would almost certainly find grounds for rejecting funding for, or publication of, such an experiment. The same applies to the publication of reports from credible eyewitnesses. For decades airline pilots witnessed strange lightning above storms but were discouraged from reporting it. The objection is unfair and unscientific. Advances come from challenging established beliefs.

Ionization technology is called either IOLA (ionization of the local atmosphere) by Earthwise or ELAT (electrification of the atmosphere) by the company ELAT. IOLA and ELAT compete with conventional cloud seeding, which though it also remains scientifically unproven, is used in more than 24 countries and 10 U.S. states. Cloud seeding usually involves dispersing
a chemical agent such as silver iodide into cloud formations, which helps ice crystals form, leading, it is thought, to bigger clouds and more precipitation than without seeding. The ionization approach, according to Bissiachi, now ELAT’s vice president of R&D and operations, does a similar job but twice over. Ions attract water in the atmosphere, creating the aerosol that produces clouds, and they also charge the dust already in the air, making particles become more attractive nuclei for water droplets, which coalesce and fall to the ground as rain.

Comment: It seems that the basic problem in gaining acceptance for ionization technology is the facile description of what causes rain. And that is a problem inherited from the experts the meteorologists and atmospheric scientists.

The water molecule is fascinating because, unlike the nitrogen and oxygen molecules in the air, it is electrically polarized.

The Structure of the Water Molecule


The oxygen (blue) side of the water molecule is more negative than the hydrogen side (red), forming an electric dipole. In an electric field, the water molecule will rotate to line up with the field. When it condenses in a cloud the average electric dipole moment of a water molecule in a raindrop is 40 percent greater than that of a single water vapor molecule. This enhancement results from the large polarization caused by the electric field induced by surrounding water molecules.

In the atmospheric electric field the water molecules will be aligned with their dipoles pointing vertically and in a sense that is determined by the charge polarization in the cloud. It is interesting to note that the tops of storm clouds are positively charged and the base is negative. That is the reverse of the radial charge polarization within the Earth itself. And it is this charge polarization that gives rise to the low-order attractive force we call gravity.

So it is proposed that water droplets in clouds experience an antigravity effect. It appears to be related to the Biefield-Brown Effect, where a charged high-voltage planar capacitor tends to move in the direction of the positive electrode. That effect may explain how millions of tons of water can be suspended kilometers above the ground, when cloud droplets are about 1,000 times denser than the surrounding air.

Of course, this raises the issue of charge separation in clouds. The conventional isolated Earth view is that positive and negative charge is somehow separated by vertical winds in clouds and that this process in thunderstorms is responsible for charging up the ionosphere and causing the atmospheric electric field. But this begs the question of cause and effect. Recent high-altitude balloon flights find that charge is not built up in the cloud, it already exists in the ionosphere above.

In January 2002 I argued the electric universe model: Thunderstorms are not electricity generators, they are passive elements in an interplanetary circuit, like a self-repairing leaky condenser. The energy stored in the cloud “condenser” is released as lightning when it short-circuits. The short-circuits can occur either within the cloud or across the external resistive paths to Earth or the ionosphere. The charge across the cloud “condenser” gives rise to violent vertical electrical winds within the cloud, not vice versa.

This view accords with a recent report (17 November 2003) in Geophysical Review Letters by Joseph Dwyer of the Florida Institute of Technology, which says that according to conventional theory electrical fields in the atmosphere simply cannot grow large enough to trigger lightning. The conventional view of how lightning is produced is wrong.  And so the true origin of lightning remains a mystery.

Water vapor in rising air cools and condenses to forms clouds. The conventional explanation for rising air relies upon solar heating. The electrical weather model has an additional galactic energy source (the same that powers the Sun) to drive the movement of air. It is the same energy source that drives ferocious high-level winds on the giant outer planets, where solar energy is extremely weak. Once the water vapor condenses into water droplets it is more plausible that millions of tons of water can remain suspended kilometers above the earth by electrical means, rather than by thermal updraughts. The clouds would act to reduce thermals… Please take the time to read the entire enlightening article.

As ionization technology can be used to increase rainfall underneath these ion rainmakers; the opposite must also be true.  Holes in the clouds, where holes would not otherwise be, are direct evidence that scalar technology can deliver these negative ionic bursts into storms reducing their ability to make rain or even the ability of a cloud to provide shade on a hot summer afternoon.  These effects can lead to the decrease of severe storm intensity, changes of a hurricanes strength through wind field intensity disruption, and suppression of snow and rain formation in an extratropical storm, the kind most frequently found in the mid latitudes.  Through this page, and the several to follow, are pictures of these holes, holes of negative ion bursts used to thin cloud cover, rain out available moisture in the atmosphere.  I am sure many of you have seen those before and have wondered what causes these unusual shapes in the sky.

Many of these images have been sent to me since I did the Art Bell show on January 30th; some pictures were sent with time and location, many others without. To those that took the time to take and then sent the pictures of weather events that caught their eye go my deepest gratitude. Keep on keeping on! Together we can win this war of bad science and silence.

The Oregon Cascades off in the distance.  Note the rippling and all the holes in the fairly thin overcast. Symmetry very frequently accompanies this kind of weather modification.  Where one hole can be found a compliment (hole or bulge) will be near by.


Looking at the same view but tilted a little higher in the sky.  Rippling remains present, as do the holes in the overcast, or what should have been overcast. Remnants of past contrail flights appear to have seeded the upper troposphere for the formation of the cirrus that is seen in the upper left hand of the image.  There is also some square edges to the cloud field upper center and to the upper right.

A busy sky with the overhang of this house providing shade from the sunshine.  The rippling is generated from a couple of different energy deposit points as evidence of the variety of distances and directions that the rippling has travel.


A large hole overhead at top center withanother at right center where it appears that at least three different wave forms have been initiated.

Several rippling frequencies displayed in this patch of clouds, with clear skies surrounding this activity.


Early evening twilight when this image was taken so the clouds are blocking light from the background atmospheric sky glow.  Rippling is again present as is our hole in the center to the upper right hand portion of the image.


A late summer morning sky after hours of contrail fights seeding the sky so high clouds readily form.  A nice hole appears in the midst of this convoluted grouping of clouds.


At least four, possibly six, separate rippling zones which all begin at faint holes in the cloud cover.  These are points where sections of the atmosphere are nudged in directions and at velocities that would not occur naturally.


Sometimes the rippling isn’t easy to spot, but the holes still are.  Cirrus clouds display a greater density on the edge of these holes; they also form at 90 degree angles to each other.  Note the clouds at the bottom of the image running horizontally and then vertically mid and upper center.


A deck of altocumulus clouds with obvious striping/griddling organization.  Cloud density is much thicker on the right hand side as an obvious squared boundary in these summer 2004 Vancouver Island clouds.