Using Lasers to Control the Weather

We haven’t even neared the full potential and power of lasers. While we use them on a daily basis, specializing in laser alignment, we support their use in any industry, especially if it’s for man’s benefit. When you think of lasers, do you think of the weather as well? If not, perhaps you should…

English critic John Ruskin wrote, “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” That’s a rather optimistic view of the weather, wouldn’t you say? Regardless of your views on weather, what’s good and what’s bad, one thing is clear: the weather can be a thorn in our sides.

We’re either too cold or too hot. There’s either too much rain or none at all. Either it floods or there is a draught. Ultimately, our lives depend on the weather and it often dictates what we do every day, what food we eat and how we feel.

Imagine if you can control the weather, all the good you can accomplish. Controlling the weather was once a mad scientist’s far-flung fantasy, but now scientists in London are claiming that humans can control the weather with the help of lasers, particularly pulses of infrared lasers and ultraviolet lasers. In the article, “Humans can control weather using lasers, claims scientists,” reports, “Researchers believe that lasers could provide an easier and more controllable method of manipulating the weather conditions.”

Using these pulses, humans can create and seed artificial clouds. This may allow for the manipulation of rain, lightning and other natural phenomena. The scientists also believe that lasers can be used to guide lightning bolts away from vulnerable structures during thunderstorms. Exciting stuff!

At Seiffert Industrial, we enjoy discussing the new roles lasers might play in the future.