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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

PM Update: A dry winter chill

By Jason Samenow

The weather is about as uneventful as it gets in early January. Skies are mostly sunny, winds are light and high temperatures, in the low-to-mid 40s are just about average. That's the story through tomorrow as we await the chance of a little light snow to close out an otherwise pedestrian week weatherwise.

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Through Tonight: A dry cold front comes through this evening and just brings some high clouds as temperatures fall back through the 30s. After that, clear skies return and lows range from near 20 in the colder suburbs to the upper 20s downtown. Winds are from the west at 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): High pressure builds back into the region from the west delivering another sunny, seasonable day. Temperatures reach the low 40s for highs with a wind from the northwest around 10 mph.

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Artificial rain in the United Arab Emirates: The UK Daily Mail reports fifty rainstorms were created last year in the Abu Dhabi desert due to a "secret" weather modification program. Rain fell when it was never predicted and in the middle of summer when it seldom falls in the region. While some are skeptical the rain was truly manufactured, such a possibility in a desert region is being viewed as a potentially important technological breakthrough according to the Daily Mail article.

By Jason Samenow  | January 4, 2011; 3:30 PM ET
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Manufactured rain storms. Hmmmm.
Has there been some big breakthrough that I don't know about? Wouldn't that be an amazing technology for agriculture?
Or is the source to the Daily Mail just full of it?

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 4, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse


Our own Steve Tracton is HIGHLY skeptical of this report. I'm hoping he'll post his thoughts on this in a future piece.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 4, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Did it become Monday again? I thought today was Tuesday...

Posted by: see1 | January 4, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure I like the idea of "man-made" rain. If we control the weather, it won't be interesting. For example, if snowmageddon had been man-made, it just wouldn't have been the same. I think that if this is really possible, it should only be used for watering crops if there is a drought.

By the way, I still don't believe this is even possible; The Daily Mail could be making this all up.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 4, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse


If you regret posting the same message 3 times, then why did you in the first place???

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 4, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

If Snowmageddon had been man-made, there would have been some serious lawsuits. The problem with controlled weather is that you can't please everyone. I don't think it will be precise enough that people can expect it to rain only on Wednesday evenings between 1:30 am and 5:00 am. So sooner or later a bunch of picnics, outdoor weddings and soccer games are going to get rained out, and everyone will be screaming about it.

Then there is the cold/warm question. You think office thermostat arguments are bad, wait until people are arguing that it's too cold; no, it isn't, it's only 60 degrees; the frost froze my tomatoes; the fruit trees aren't getting enough freezing; I want snow; Gah, don't let it snow!

Controlling the weather is just asking for trouble.

Posted by: magicdomino | January 4, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

00z NAM doesn't look so good for Friday snow... close call still I guess?

Posted by: spgass1 | January 4, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

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