BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Twenty silver-iodide missiles were fired over
the weekend in Beijing to alleviate the dry spells thathave lasted for years.
According to the Beijing Morning News published on Monday, the rainmaking
effort started on Saturday evening brought moderate rain mainly in four
districts of Beijing, namely the Changping, Yanqing, Pinggu and Haidian, all in
northern Beijing, with a maximum precipitation of 41 millimeters.
Zhou Xiaoping, a noted expert with the Beijing Special Meteorology Office,
said that the artificial rainfall will help plants grow, increase the level in
reservoirs and add water to thebarren soil.
Although it has rained much more frequently this year, the precipitation in
Beijing remains below average, he said.
The rainmaking efforts helped bring the temperature below the predicted 32
degrees Celsius which would otherwise have continued for another two days,
forcing gardeners to water plants, Zhou said.
More artificial rainfall projects can be expected in the next few days,
according to the local weather control office. Enditem