There have been people claiming that the government creates weather for years. Claims that chemtrails are created to "seed" clouds and the military's HAARP program can do everything from creating weather to triggering earthquakes. It's easy to dismiss these claims as the conspiratorial rantings of crazy people, but then you see a video like this and you wonder how crazy those people are.
The video, taken from a BBC special shown in England, shows the program's presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, formerly of the hit show Top Gear and currently seen on Amazon Prime's The Grand Tour, standing next to the test platform for NASA rockets at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. As the rocket's engines rev up, an enormous cloud of steam billows out accompanied by an incredibly loud noise. The steam rises into the sky and as it does, Clarkson notes that what is released is just hydrogen and oxygen, it's purely water vapor. It then forms a cloud, a cloud that Clarkson says will produce rain.
And then, it rains. The end of the video shows an astonished Clarkson getting rained on by the very cloud created by the rocket, noting "NASA is playing god, it's making its own weather."
But can NASA really can create a cloud that easily? And if it's true, it certainly seems like they could do much more. That could mean more cloud seeding or really, straight cloud creation.
Here's the video that has been circulating this theory:
Really, it means none of that. NASA is not creating a weather. The video is actually edited out of a much longer shot from Clarkson's old show, Top Gear, and it conveniently leaves out everything Clarkson explains is really going on. Mainly, the video doesn't include the part where Clarkson says that there is a huge release of hydrogen and oxygen when these engines are tested. This is because they use liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and yeah, it does create a small cloud from the water vapor byproduct of the engine's combustion, but it doesn't create weather in any way; it's just a large plume of steam that cools and rains back down over a small area.
The purpose of the exercise is to test rocket engines, not alter weather and a byproduct of those test is all of that stream and a cool, if short-lived, rain cloud.
Below is the full video.
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