CHINA - Chemicals to Generate Rain

Arno Froese

The hottest, driest summer since the government began recording rainfall and temperature 61 years ago has wilted crops and left reservoirs at half their normal water level. Factories in Sichuan province were shut down to save power for homes as air conditioning demand surged, with temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

Authorities will “try to increase rain” by seeding clouds with chemicals and spraying crops with a “water retaining agent” to limit evaporation, [the agriculture] ministry said on its website. It gave no details of where that would be done.

Sichuan has been hardest hit by drought because it gets 80% of its power from hydroelectric dams. The provincial government says reservoirs are at half of normal water levels. It earlier called on manufacturers to “leave power for the people.”

Flooding in the northwestern province of Qinghai killed at least 26 people and left five missing, state television reported, citing local authorities.

-www.npr.org, 21 August 2022

Arno's Commentary

The quest goes on for man to control the climate; in this case, rain where there is no rain. WebMD.com explains: “[Cloud seeding] started in 1946 by scientists at the General Electric Research Laboratory. They discovered that they could use silver iodide—an inorganic compound—and dry ice to improve the creation of ice crystals in clouds. Today, cloud seeding still involves silver iodide and dry ice. But in the last 60 years, experts have learned a lot more about this method. This has since boosted the understanding of rain and snow processes and improved seeding methods.”

Communist China, just like all other countries in the world, experiences drought and floods, heat and cold. Among the 84 questions God challenged Job with, we read in chapter 38, verses 25-26: “Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man.” We are also reminded of the words of Jesus, “…and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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