New Hampshire HB179 would block state agencies from conducting weather-control experiments

By BEN LEUBSDORF Monitor staff Concord Monitor

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
(Published in print: Wednesday, January 16, 2013)

The state would no longer be able to meddle with the weather if a bill filed at the State House this year becomes law.

A bill introduced by Rep. Stella Tremblay, an Auburn Republican, would repeal a state law enacted in 1985 that allows state agencies to, with permission from the governor and Executive Council, “engage in and undertake experimentation in the techniques and methods for weather modification.”

Controlling the weather isn’t just for science fiction and James Bond villains. Cloud seeding, for example, is a decades-old technique to produce more rain or snow in a given region.

But James Martin, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Services, said, to the best of his knowledge, the agency isn’t involved in any weather-control experiments. He also said DES employees aren’t aware of other state agencies conducting such activities.

Tremblay didn’t return messages seeking comment.