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Richard Hammond investigates the crucial role temperature plays in all weather. Without heat, there would be no weather – no clouds, no rain, no snow, no dust storms, no thunder and lightning.

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  1. There's an ocean that dried up ins now a desert or in a desert in Africa it may be in the Sahara that when a sandstorm happens it carrys diatomaceous earth all the way to the Amazon Forest and feeds it… It falls with the Rain. The Earth knows what it is doing regardless of how stupid humans can be. Great Video.

  2. Lots of nay sayers against any kind of weather modification. Whats worse, risking some weather modification or suffering the consequences of climate change, If it hasnt hit you yet you probaly dont care. There is a gentler solution, We can put dust into high altitude like 45,000 feet. We can use the natural models of volcanic eruptions and forest fires to predict some what the outcome. By using dust, something that exist in traffic and nature, Its a low-risk venture, Using lime dust the lime acts like an anti-acid and remedies acid rain and acid water. I suggest we dont do the whole planet but regions where it is hotter then comfortable like over 90°. Savings from air-conditioning can pay for the project. Wouldn't you like cooler weather? A byproduct of the action would be long term global temperature mitigation. I would say try it and see with one aircraft; we can use the 747 used for dumping fire retardant on wild fires. Put a dust cloud at say 5,000 feet then measure the sunlight loss. Lots of sunlight up there so all we have to do is reflect like 2 to 5 % of the sky to lower temperature 10° or 20°. This is different than making rain because the only consequence is cooling. It is manageable because if it gets too cool, we stop, the dust will fall out after a few years. Long term i would say 10 aircraft on the west coast, approaching 50,000 ft, could drop dust that would shade the southern USA. Like air-conditioning, once you try it you wont stop. Bear in mind this is a stop-gap measure until we can lower hot weather producing gases. Electric cars and reneweable energy would be an eventual change over.

  3. It has little or no effect as heat air pressure etc are by products of moving charge through the atmosphere and so are not the drivers of weather. The voltage gradient between the negatively charged earth and the positively charged ionosphere rises by about a hundred volts per metre and it is the interplay of electrical currents coming into and out of the planet and traveling through the atmosphere that drives our weather. A paragraph from my piece on Electric Weather Mechanics- "…. An electric vacuum cleaner spins by way of an electric motor and it is its high spin rate that creates low air pressure and so making the cleaner suck and likewise, it’s not the Low pressure creating the movement through the atmosphere. But instead, its the spinning charge through the atmosphere that is creating the low pressure.

  4. Honestly; Hammond could sell me a one way ticket into a black hole and I’d buy it. He needs to host more documentaries, knowledge is power but can often be boring for those who aren’t interested in science etc… great to see a familiar and enjoyable host.

  5. He is driving a vehicle in Florida with a Virginia Military Institute logo in the driver-side rear window. I'm a VMI graduate. Never expected to see that. And now I wonder what the VMI connection is? Hmmmm….




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