Dangerous experiment: why a plane causing rain was transferred to Crimea


The abnormal heat that came to Russia sharply aggravated all existing environmental problems. In the Black Sea resorts of the country, water is blooming and "fragrant" crap drainage sewage. Most of all, Crimea is now suffering from drought, the water supply of which was interrupted in 2014 by Ukraine. Its head Sergei Aksenov, tired of praying for rain, now decided to "knock on the heavens."


Quite a lot has already been said about the fact that the problem of water supply to the peninsula may cause a direct conflict by force. High-ranking US military man Ben Hodges recently reiterated this:

During exercises in the Caucasus, they will declare a humanitarian crisis in Crimea over water, and then they will say that they have no choice. They must capture the dam in Kherson in the north to allow water to return to Crimea.

This refers to the large-scale military exercises Kavkaz-2020, which are to be held in southern Russia in the coming months. In Kiev, at the same time, its own maneuvers are planned in the area of ​​the Crimean Perekop in order to prevent the "Anschluss of Kherson". The force scenario is indeed one of the possible solutions to the problem. However, to all appearances, we have decided to go a different way.

As reported, a specialized aircraft An-26 "Cyclone" arrived at the Simferopol airport. This is a unique winged aircraft, the only one in Russia capable of literally "causing rain". It is equipped with installations designed for firing squibs with silver iodide. Sprayed at an altitude of 5 kilometers, the chemical causes moisture to crystallize in the clouds and causes precipitation about half an hour to an hour after application.

It would seem that here it is - a simple recipe for how to "water" Crimea. Fly yourself over the peninsula and spray silver iodide. Better yet, "intercept" the clouds heading towards Ukraine, depriving it of legally owed rains. In war as in war, hasn't Russia been declared an "aggressor" in Kiev? However, "kidnapping rains" is something new, seemingly not regulated by any conventions.

But there are important nuances. It is worth remembering that it was originally a military technology... Americans in the sixties of the last century poured all kinds of rubbish on Vietnam, including silver iodide. This was done in order to make the jungle completely impassable for the transfer of weapons and reinforcements to the enemies of the United States. In total, the pilots made more than 2 thousand sorties, turning the "Ho Chi Minh trail" into impassable mud due to terrible rainfall.

After the war, such "climatic weapons" were banned, but developments in this direction continued, albeit for peaceful purposes. For example, in modern China, with the help of silver iodide, they intend to induce rain for irrigation of large cultivated areas. In the USSR, with the help of the An-26 "Cyclone" it was supposed to solve the problem of the drying up and dying Aral Sea. In the modern Russian Federation, this only one of our "burenosets" is used to extinguish forest fires. Cyclone traps rain clouds in the path of the spread of fire and fires them with squibs, allowing rain to pour down on fires.

The solution is literally creative and even elegant. However, there are also serious problems. Silver is not only a beautiful precious metal, but it is also assigned a second hazard class as a heavy metal. It is useful to anoint a sore with iodine, but in high concentrations getting it on your head along with precipitation is not very good for your health. It is not so difficult to irrigate Crimea with such artificial rains, but the final price can be quite high.

The use of "Cyclone" to induce precipitation over a dry peninsula is an interesting experiment, but very controversial. There are simpler ways.
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  1. Argentum iodide is quite safe.
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 July 2020 11: 19
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      Have you tried it yourself? And for the people?
      1. Eating with a spoon is not worth it, but in small doses AgI is safe.
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    polev66 (Alexander) 19 July 2020 11: 53
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    Before doing another graphomaniac, Marzhetsky, would have studied the materiel ... The concentration of the reagent after spraying is very small for poisoning, especially since no more than 30-50 grams are consumed at a time on very large areas ... The author sucked another ... from his finger, after reading Wikipedia for a penny.
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      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 July 2020 16: 34
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      And why all this? Do you really think this is the solution to the problem? In my opinion, it is worthwhile, with gratitude, to take advantage of the experience of developed countries, for example, Israel, in solving this problem.
      1. Alexey Alekseev_3 (Alexey Alekseev) 20 July 2020 01: 40
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        So how is it?! To build desalination plants - so the Greens will turn around!
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    ENOTE (Alex) 19 July 2020 15: 23
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    Somehow they showed precipitation in a box. So there, along with iodine silver, ordinary cement is used! Fine powder also causes droplets. They shake it directly from the ramp!
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 July 2020 16: 36
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      Great, but let's replace cement with just sand from the beach, the only thing else to replace the plane?
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    Rum rum (Rum rum) 19 July 2020 15: 31
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    Pan Marzhetsky. What kind of nonsense?
    Firstly, the concentration of the reagent is negligible. Secondly, iodine silver is yesterday. Now there are new, more advanced and cheaper reagents, for example: cement of the M500 brand (this is not a joke). The technology is this: the cloud is seeded with cement, swelling (from moisture) it begins to fall down, collecting even more moisture and provoking the creation of new drops and tearing them down, they enlarge along the way and provoke new ones, etc. And yes, the consumption is very small, roughly speaking, a bag of cement will be enough for half of the Crimea.
    I didn’t come up with this myself, about ten years ago I came across a couple of articles on this topic, one seems from the PM.
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 19 July 2020 16: 40
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      Another problem, but how to create the desired concentration of water vapor over the peninsula? Maybe the problem is not in iodine silver, and it will be possible to organize this "circus with horses" only by force once a month?
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        Rum rum (Rum rum) 19 July 2020 22: 45
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        Do you seriously think that over a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, there is a low concentration of moisture in the air and this is something in the summer. I will immediately answer the question why it is so dry there. Crimea is flat (Crimean mountains, these are not mountains, but self-indulgence) and clouds are quickly carried to the continent (the Sahara is dry for the same reason).
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          Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 20 July 2020 09: 06
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          Well, you answered the question why

          over a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, a low concentration of moisture in the air.
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            Rum rum (Rum rum) 20 July 2020 13: 29
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            So that you understand.
            Clouds (these are such white things, fly across the sky) form over the Black Sea, then fly over the Crimea (this is such a Russian peninsula, recaptured from the Turks). During the flight over the Crimea, a special airplane sprinkles clouds of cement (as you sprinkle porridge with salt) and the rain spills over the Crimea, and does not go to the continent.
            Well, now everything is clear? Or explain again?
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              Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 20 July 2020 14: 57
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              And this is when, then they leave, then they do not leave, and they pour down with man-made rain:

              I will immediately answer the question why it is so dry there. Crimea is flat (Crimean mountains, it's not mountains, but pampering) and clouds quickly blows to the continent (Sugar is dry for the same reason).
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                Rum rum (Rum rum) 20 July 2020 15: 28
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                I tried to comprehend your post and I remembered a piece from "Fedot Archer".

                You are so "dull" on Saturdays, or how?
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                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 20 July 2020 16: 10
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                  You just contradict yourself, now and then? That blows, then does not blow. Did you remember the Turks for some reason?
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                    Rum rum (Rum rum) 20 July 2020 22: 51
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                    I answer again - "For those who are from the armored train."
                    Now the clouds in free flight over the Crimea go to the continent.
                    If they are sprinkled with a reagent over the Crimea, they will spill in the Crimea and will NOT leave the continent.
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                      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 21 July 2020 09: 35
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                      It's just ridiculous, that is, it's generally nonsense. Firstly, "clouds" over Crimea are far from always, and secondly, it is not possible to cause rain from any cloud, and thirdly, because of the winds, this rain, even if it can be caused, can go anywhere and anytime, again because of the winds. And in general, this, as already written above, is enchanting stupidity, and not a solution to the problem with water. The only real solution is desalination + reuse of treated wastewater for technical needs + economical use (the same drip irrigation). There is no water pipe - there is simply nowhere to get water, in the Kuban there is already a shortage of it. To pump artesian waters to the full - underground horizons and soil will saline very quickly. Which, in fact, is already happening.
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                        Rum rum (Rum rum) 21 July 2020 14: 25
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                        Listen. I live by the sea, by the Black Sea. And I'll tell you what - there are always clouds-clouds.
                        Does the wind blow away? Precipitation falls within 30 minutes after sowing.
                        Attention - a question! What speed must the wind be for the clouds to leave the peninsula? And at what points should they be sown. And there are no meteorologists in Crimea?
                        About water and the Kuban, it's generally enchanting. And I think: why rice is grown in the Kuban, and this, it turns out, is due to drought. Where do you live? And when was the last time you were in the Kuban (not passing through)?
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                        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 21 July 2020 19: 00
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                        You ask the question. There is no extra water in the Kuban. Not at all. Surprise, but there is a deficit of it. About the clouds again - they are far, far from all suitable in order to make them rain. Usual summer white clouds - it is useless to sow the clouds - it will not rain from them. Maybe a little drip if you're lucky. And another big question is where exactly these clouds will appear, whether something decent will come out of them and where exactly will it go. And to hope in this way to solve an exciting problem is utter nonsense.
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                        Rum rum (Rum rum) 21 July 2020 23: 01
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                        And who said that it is necessary to sow everything.
                        And further. I can give a lecture on the types of clouds, the principles and stages of their formation, etc.
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                        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 22 July 2020 01: 35
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                        What for? In general, and so it is clear that the idea of ​​solving the issue in this way is enchanting stupidity.
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                Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 21 July 2020 10: 03
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                Ah, that's how it is .... Now, it seems, I understand. How old and how often will we sprinkle?
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                  Rum rum (Rum rum) 21 July 2020 14: 13
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                  Arkharov ... how often does it rain in your house? Well, you need to catch the right clouds. Clear-red, that every pile will not be brought down. In any case, the amount of rain will increase.
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                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 21 July 2020 14: 31
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                  Well, this is absurd, do you, or does someone think that this is how you can solve the problem of water supply?
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                  Rum rum (Rum rum) 21 July 2020 14: 39
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                  Again.
                  This solves the irrigation problem. And frees up capacity for water supply. Crimea, for a minute, is an agricultural and industrial region, and not just for you to splash your ass in the Black Sea.
                  And you greatly underestimate the rainfall. Did you study badly at school? "The water cycle in nature" ("Natural science" grade 2), does it tell you anything? All, I repeat - all, fresh water in nature is precipitation.
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                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 21 July 2020 14: 45
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                  Why is there practically no such world practice (parades do not count)? Anything stupider?
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                  Rum rum (Rum rum) 21 July 2020 14: 54
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                  Someone has no money, someone has no equipment. It is easier for someone the old fashioned way (the scales are not the same, or easier by the channel). The wind rose does not allow someone. Everyone has their own troubles. For example, the Sahara can be irrigated in this way, but the scale is such that the costs will never pay for itself, and insufficient measures will not yield results, and there is still politics.
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                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 21 July 2020 16: 24
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                  And we have everything in bulk, everything is calculated, the wind rose is what you need, everything pays off and no politics?
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                  Rum rum (Rum rum) 21 July 2020 22: 56
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                  Arkharov. Calm down. Don't be stupid.
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                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 22 July 2020 07: 50
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                  No, it's interesting to continue reading this whole naivety, please continue. We will also turn the rivers, change the channels, plant apple trees on Mars, the Americans did not fly to the moon, the volcano will explode soon, the dollar will quack, the USA will disintegrate, the Eurasian Union will soon reach Portugal, and Ukraine and the rest of the former republics of the USSR, incl. Baltic, will tearfully ask in the Russian Federation.
  • Alexey Alekseev_3 (Alexey Alekseev) 20 July 2020 01: 42
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    But the Black Sea is already dry ?!
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      Rum rum (Rum rum) 20 July 2020 13: 19
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      His "Sumerians" have already buried.
  • Alexander shekhtman (Alexander Shekhtman) 19 July 2020 16: 45
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    I didn’t understand anything, but it’s very interesting.
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    boriz (boriz) 19 July 2020 20: 17
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    In addition to cement, there is an old version: crushed dry ice (hard carbon dioxide) - the effect is the same.
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    Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 19 July 2020 21: 26
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    And which way is simpler? Ask the Polish slaves to open the gateways and put the sewers in the Crimea? Pan author, are you sorry that your countrymen will remain without strawberry pickers or that Crimeans will be poisoned?
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      Marzhecki (Sergei) 23 July 2020 07: 34
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      Quote: Sergey Tokarev
      Pan author, are you sorry that your fellow countrymen will remain without strawberry pickers or that Crimeans will be poisoned?

      Are you tired of clowning around?
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    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 July 2020 00: 48
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    Right. Who will spend the silver?
    In all science-pop programs they say cement. Only cement. Cheap, angry, and the environment is not very ruining.
  • Alexey Alekseev_3 (Alexey Alekseev) 20 July 2020 01: 38
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    Shocking nonsense! In Moscow, clouds are regularly dispersed before the holidays, that is, they are trying to ensure that the rain does not pour out in Moscow, but in the region. And they do this by spraying solid carbon dioxide, cement powder or silver iodide. At the same time, very few reagents are required, so it is ridiculous to be afraid of iodine, which will be poured on your head. You buy iodized salt in stores ?! - Buy, and nothing, alive. And in Crimea just a lack of iodine in the soil.
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    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 21 July 2020 09: 09
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    And so many local commentators take THIS seriously as a solution to the problem with water in Crimea? Enchanting :)))
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      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 21 July 2020 09: 18
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      Yes, and it would be worthwhile for the author to get acquainted with the materiel so as not to write nonsense - the Americans sprinkled the Vietnamese thickets with defoliants so that the vegetation shed the foliage and the Viet Cong could not hide there. And not at all in order to cause rain. Well, at least a little you need to inquire about the topic you are going to write about.
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      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 21 July 2020 10: 04
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      What is amazing, it seems yes, moreover, "with foam at the mouth" !!!