The Army-trained weather personnel parachute behind enemy lines and travel with a small platoon of soldiers, providing on-the-scene weather information for a variety of missions.
These technicians and meteorologist must travel light and be fast on their feet, so they are quipped with gear unique to their mission.
Their weather tools usually fit in a rucksack and include inflatable black balloons to calculate wind speeds and handheld digital gear to measure weather conditions in their area.
Presented on 17 June 1996, this report was produced in the Department of Defense school environment of academic freedom and in the interest of advancing concepts related to national defense.
The essential ingredient of the weather-modification system is the set of intervention techniques used to modify the weather.
The number of specific intervention methodologies is limited only by the imagination, but with few exceptions they involve infusing either energy or chemicals into the meteorological process in the right way, at the right place and time.
The intervention could be designed to modify the weather in a number of ways, such as influencing clouds and precipitation, storm intensity, climate, space, or fog.
If precipitation enhancement techniques are successfully developed and the right natural conditions also exist, we must also be able to disperse carbon dust into the desired location.
Transporting it in a completely controlled, safe, cost-effective, and reliable manner requires innovation.
Numerous dispersal techniques have already been studied, but the most convenient, safe, and cost-effective method discussed is the use of afterburner-type jet engines to generate carbon particles while flying through the targeted air.
This method is based on injection of liquid hydrocarbon fuel into the afterburner's combustion gases.
This direct generation method was found to be more desirable than another plausible method (i.e., the transport of large quantities of previously produced and properly sized carbon dust to the desired altitude).
November 18, 2006
Air Force Weather Agency
(Below are excerpts from both the Air Force Paper- Weather As A Force Multiplier: Owning The Weather In 2025 and the AirForce Weather Website,)