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We just got hit with a few inches of snow yesterday here in the Midwest and there are only 5 days until spring. I’m really looking forward to warmer temperatures and more daylight. But I’m also looking forward to the spring rains and getting the garden in earlier this year.
So tonight when I did a search of my image library using the word rain, the images above came up together for some reason. A couple of years ago a friend and I wanted to see if we could photograph water bouncing off the surface of an old snare drum. These are some of the images from that day.
The new snow looks beautiful and everything but I’m ready for April showers .
Wallace E. Howell
From 1949 to 1950, there was bad water shortage in New York City. So the City of New York hired Dr. Wallace E. Howell to make it rain by seeding the clouds with dry ice and silver iodide.
After attending Harvard, Dr. Howell traveled the world for 2 decades trying to make rain for the agriculture industry and hydroelectric power concerns in countries like Canada, Cuba, Peru and the Philippines. He later developed one of the first snow-making machines for ski resorts.
Soon after they hired Dr. Howell, rain finally began falling on the greater New York area. Whether it was due to Dr. Howell’s efforts or not, the rains came. He made it rain so hard they sued him. In any case, the water restrictions were eventually lifted and in February 1951, Dr. Howell’s contract with the New York City ended.
© David Moenkhaus