Weather-Altering Technology May Be Used For Sochi 2014

Russian meteorologists are monitoring weather patterns in the North Caucasus mountain range and may possibly use weather-altering technology for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

A network of stationary and mobile data stations have been deployed in the mountains above Sochi, according to the Natural Resources Ministry web site.

A concern for the Sochi Games is guaranteeing a minimum quantity of snow. Pouring chemicals into clouds from planes may provoke precipitation, but Russia has never attempted the practice in the North Caucasus mountain range above Sochi.

Sochi 2014 organizers want to make sure that what happened at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games won’t happen in Sochi, when officials were forced to truck in snow after heavy sun left Cypress Mountain practically bare, and at other times events were delayed because of heavy downpours.

Too much snow, which delayed the men’s Olympics super-combined race at the Vancouver Games, could also be addressed because clouds could be seeded to shed their load before they reach the slopes.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi 2014, has guaranteed the quantity and quality of the snow during the Sochi Games.