‘Faux’ Snow?

It remained above freezing, 32F, during our snow yesterday and well into the night. How did this snow accumulate on such a warm day?

It remained above freezing, in the mid 30s F,  during our snow yesterday and well into the night. How did this snow accumulate on such a warm day?


I remember watching it snow through the classroom window, all those years ago. 

Snowflakes filled the air, and we all hoped for an early release followed by a ‘snow day’ off.  But as hard and fast as the snow fell, it barely covered the grass outside our school; the parking lot shiny wet but clear.  It just wasn’t sticking.  Why?  Do you remember when it had to be freezing for snow to ‘stick?’

In grade school science classes we learned that ice forms at 32F or 0C.  Snow formed in the frozen clouds high above our heads and drifted down to Earth.  But if the Earth was still warm, it melted on contact.  Oh, those were the days….. of real snow and normal weather.


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Yes, I’m nostalgic.  As lovely as our snow might have left the garden yesterday, the uncomfortable little secret, the truth in other words, is that our temperatures remained in the mid-30s all day yesterday and well into the night.  And yet, we watched huge, sloppy wet flakes of snow quickly cover the ground, the shrubs, tree branches and roofs.

We had nearly 2″ of snow on the deck railings before it quit in mid-afternoon.  And such a heavy snow!  It weighted down the shrubs and bamboo terribly, uprooting and bringing 30′ bamboo stalks over to touch the ground under the weight of it clinging to their upper branches.

We had early morning rain, yesterday, before it changed over to the frozen stuff, which left puddles of water on the front patio.  Those puddles never froze all day; and yet flakes of ‘slush’ floated on top much of the afternoon.

When I made my afternoon circuit around the yard, broom in hand knocking some of the weight off of the bamboo and the shrubs, my boots sank down into the muddy wet ground.  The ground was far from frozen, and yet was covered in an inch of ‘snow.’

How is this even possible? 


Snow remains on trees, roofs, and the garden late this afternoon. Once the temperature finally dropped overnight, it went down to the 20s for much of today.

Snow remained on trees, roofs, and the garden late this afternoon. Once the temperature finally dropped overnight, it went down to the 20s for much of today.


Maybe you remember, as I do, a certain company’s TV ad slogan : “Better Things for Better Living…. Through Chemistry.”  It was their official slogan from 1935 until 1982, so I grew up hearing it often.  Chemical company research has improved daily life in many ways.  And it has also produced some pretty noxious products which have done great harm to our environment.  Scientific research remains a mixed bag in any area you care to name.

But it was in the early 20th Century, in our modern era, when entrepreneurial scientists first began to offer their services to ‘make rain’ in drought stricken areas of our country.

The city of San Diego hired Charles ‘Rainmaker’ Hatfield for $10,000 to fill the Lake Morena reservoir, after several years of severe drought.  Hatfield mixed and then heated certain chemicals together to ‘seed’ the clouds; with dramatic results.  He couldn’t spray them from an airplane, but he burned the chemicals on tall towers around the lake.  Hatfield was too successful.

After 17 days, 11.4 inches of rain fell, flooding the lake, bursting dams, causing mudslides.     Residents sued the city for millions of dollars worth of damage.  San Diego never paid their ‘Rainmaker’ for his efforts because of their catastrophic results.


Beginning as rain, our snow yesterday soon grew thick and heavy. The forecast for 'scattered flurries' mushroomed into hours of heavy, accumulating snow. More is on the way....

Beginning as rain, our snow yesterday soon grew thick and heavy. The forecast for ‘scattered flurries’ mushroomed into hours of heavy, accumulating snow. More is on the way….


There is a long history of efforts to change the weather; a mostly silent history, as it is very controversial.  California cities have been hiring rainmakers off and on through much of this century to relieve droughts, according to a series of articles published in the LA Times.

Our government grew interested in manipulating the weather as a way to influence the battlefield as early as the 1940’s Project Cirrus.  Experiments have been ongoing, under many project names.  You didn’t read about this in your high school history class?  I can’t imagine why….

Ask a Viet Nam veteran about how our government extended the monsoon season to flood North Vietnamese roads in the 1960’s.  Known as “Operation Popeye,” this highly classified program continued from 1967-1972.


Just before sundown today, and I'm surprised at how much snow remains.

Just before sundown today, and I’m surprised at how much snow remains.


The first successful experiment in creating a snowstorm came as early as November, 1946 over New York.  Dry ice was dropped from a plane into the clouds, and it snowed.

But results from these experiments continue to be unpredictable.  Sometimes they work; sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes they work too well, causing property damage and loss of life from the ensuing storms. 

But the experimentation not only continues, it is now global.  Popular Science Magazine ran a series of articles about the weaponization of the weather as early a 1958.  In 1977, the United States was one of several countries who ratified a Convention at the UN to ban weather modification as a weapon of war.  Even so, accusations between nations continue as fantastic weather events unfold each year.

But now there is a new adversary in these ‘weather wars’:  the warming of the planet.  Though there are a myriad of causes for our steep increases in temperatures lately, scientists are working with many experimental protocols to slow the trend.

Which brings us back to snow.


January 18, 2015 snow 005


Have you ever used a chemical ice pack?  These are kept at the ready for athletes to ice their injuries, and are sold in most every drug store.

Our chemists have learned how to mix chemicals in a way to create ice.  And, our geoengineers have come up with a chemical soup they can spray over rain clouds, which will cause ‘chemical ice nucleation.’  This is how snow can fall when it is as warm as the low 40s F. Several US patents have already been granted for these mixtures and processes.

We all know that water can absorb and store heat.  Water vapor super cooled chemically, has proven effective in sucking heat out of the atmosphere as it falls.  This is how it suddenly grows much colder while this ‘faux snow’ is falling, and how it can remain in a ‘frozen’ crystalline form even when the ground on which it has fallen remains above freezing.  This is an ‘endothermic reaction’ where the water vapor in our atmosphere absorbs heat energy, even as it chemically freezes.

In fact, this engineered snow, which may begin when temperatures are well above freezing, eventually results in  deadly cold temperatures.  Have you noticed the unusually cold temperatures, following snowstorms, over much of the planet in recent years?  These much publicized winter storms help confuse us about the extremely warm temperatures in other parts of our planet.


Snow freezes to the limbs, and lingers for a very long time. This photo was taken nearly 30 hours after our snow stopped yesterday.

Snow freezes to the limbs, and lingers for a very long time. This photo was taken nearly 30 hours after our snow stopped yesterday.


When you hear ‘heavy, wet snow’ predicted, be suspicious.  This geoengineered snow is much heavier than natural snow, and does tremendous damage to trees and shrubs.  For one thing, it freezes to the limbs and won’t fall off naturally, adding weight to limbs and branches for an unusually long time.

Geoengineered snow contains a number of heavy metals, used in the chemical nucleation process.  These metal particles, like Barium and Aluminum, contaminate everything they touch and get into our ground water supply.

Are all snow storms the product of geoengineering?  Probably not.  I hope not.

Once you begin to delve into this subject, you begin to watch weather forecasts with a different frame of reference, though.


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If you have read this far, and you’re thinking, “That Woodland Gnome really is a nut case to write this stuff;” then please just do a little more reading.  And please notice that I’m saying, “Please.”

Pour yourself a mug of your favorite beverage, polish your reading glasses, and just follow a few of the links I’ve embedded for you.  Each of those links will lead you to a few more, and you will see the vast body of hard evidence to back up what I’ve shared with you here.

Why would you do this?  Because you want to know a little bit more about this weird weather we are all experiencing lately. Just as we do.  

And while you’re at it, take a look at the Weather Underground’s Wundermap the next time a storm is approaching your area.  Set the parameters for several hours of history, and just watch closely.  Play around with it a little bit.  You may be a little surprised at what you see.


We enjoyed clear skies, brilliant sunshine, and very cold winds today. How wonderful to see a clear blue sky.

How wonderful to see a clear blue sky.  We enjoyed brilliant sunshine today, with frigid winds.  Looks alike a cold week ahead.



Woodland Gnome 2016





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18 responses to “‘Faux’ Snow?

  1. A disturbing but well-done movie called ‘Snowpiercer’ deals with the aftermath of scientific tampering with the weather. So often our solutions to problems become even bigger problems.

    • Rickii, you are absolutely right about that! Thank you for the reference- haven’t seen that movie yet. But I can watch “The Day After Tomorrow” again and again. Some wonder whether the planet’s weather could re-set itself after so many decades of serious tampering. Hope you are warm and well, ❤ ❤ ❤ WG

  2. Hey WG! Enjoyed reading this and I was resistant to believing this until I realized it has truth – I like how you said please because we humans get stubborn and closed minded at times – a strength and a flaw sometimes – so I will bookmark this and check out the links later – I knew there was lots of barium in soil and other unwholesome stuff from the chemtrails – and well – crazy when u think about it- and pretty pictures by the way! 😊❄️❄️❄️❄️🌸

    • Thank you, Yvette, for reading it through and for keeping an open mind. We humans are so curious and smart. Once we believe we might be able to do something, we keep on until we figure it out…. without thinking through the consequences, in most cases. Nikola Tesla was one of the pioneers of the geoengineering technologies; but that is another story. I hope you are able to get back to the links. Just think of how all of these chemicals, now in the water and soil, impact our bees and other pollinators, birds and fish. No wonder we’ve seen so many ‘die-offs’ in recent years! Glad you liked the photos 😉 We absolutely enjoyed watching the beauty of it! ❤ ❤ ❤

      • Well actually there are also human disease consequences that are likely related to some of this tech and alteration stuff- certain diseases that are quite scary in fact – and goes beyond Lyme – but then there are other things at play – like the human body was not meant to eat sugar and corn syrup the way most consume it – and add that to chemicals from the soil and then maybe heavy metals from dental work and Food contamination and even stuff he mom takes while a baby is in utero – the chemical assaults actually start then –

        • Yes, you are absolutely on target. Amazing we survive as well as we do, sometimes 😉 Especially when you figure in contaminated water supplies in major cities, ignored by city governments. Did you get to any of the links?

          • No I cannot do any links right now – and actually am not in the mood for this kind of reading right now – so I will bookmark it and I actually like having a list waiting – and I have a few posts with videos I could not play so I have those waiting too – anyhow – have a great week WG

              • :0 )- side note- I just watched a show on the Brazil Twins – where they believe Hitler’s chemist went after the war (to south america) and had some explorations messing with engineering the cow’s milk and there are all these twins now – scary stuff – anyhow, i do look forward to coming back to explore the links – thanks and have a nice day!

                • Yvette, I’ll have to look that up; a story I’ve not yet heard! We have been watching the History Channel series documenting his movements out of Germany and to South America. Hadn’t heard about the cow’s milk! I understand it takes a certain mood and mindset to wade through this stuff. Hard stuff to read, especially with realization of how many lives are affected when it goes awry. Are you preparing for the next ‘Snowmageddon’? Looks like an interesting weekend across much of the US. I have family living in one of those areas whose forecast is in feet of snow…. Stay warm! And I hope you have a great day, too! ❤ WG

                  • the show was called the brazil twins = and the one I watched before it was the scrapbook one and pretty moving – sometimes okay for treadmill time – but like you said – takes a mood and mindset – what a horrid thing.
                    the documentary you are watching sounds interesting –
                    oh and yes, we are ready -for the snow – (science snow you call it???) but my son has to take the SAT this weekend and just said he will be super bummed if it is canceled – he has been studying and wants it done with – not a postponement – so can you maybe call the weather engineers and ask them to go easy on Charlottesville? For at least Saturday?

                    • Yvette, my condolences to you and yours. We’ve been watching the C’ville forecast closely. That is where we have family and the forecast is for feet! Looks like your son is going to be given extra prep time, whether he wants it or not! No, I call it ‘faux snow.’ And it is still on the ground here! We have lots of sets of twins in our community at the moment…. sure it was the milk, and not the linings of food cans???

                    • oh that is funny about the twins –
                      and thanks for the heads up about the snow – he was sorta feeling that way – man!

  3. The ‘why’ is beyond comprehension.

    • A fascinating read Woodlland Gnome. The history of weather (or the intereference with weather in the modern age) is something I’ve not read much about, but now I’m curious. I do remember “cloud seeding” from watching documentaries from the 60s and 70s that my parents would watch as kids. It was quite a different mindset then. Hope you enjoy the thaw for a few days. – Blessings, Sarah

      • Thank you, Sarah. So glad you are having a thaw. We’re in the grip of a solid freeze now, with low 20s. What a roller coaster! FOIA has made much more information available in recent years, and geoengineering has become a huge, global industry. There is much to learn. Since most of us aren’t aware of all that is happening, most of it still goes on in secret. Thank you for keeping on open mind, Sarah. Hope you have a fabulous day! ❤ ❤ ❤

        • It’s been viciously cold here, with our highs in the mid-teens. I think tomorrow it’s supposed to warm up to 23 ( which sounds utterly bizzare). I laugh when I remembered that our winter was supposed to be warmer and drier this year. Not so much. But I do like a few days of frigid cold to get me to appreciate spring. Come on spring!! – Sarah

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