Pat Shingleton: "Battlefield Storms and St. Patrick's Day Events."
Is it possible the rain could turn battlefields into mud baths that could immobilize troops and vehicles? Could intense lightning storms aggravate communication systems, keeping hostile aircraft on the ground? Has technology advanced to the point where lasers would burn through heavy fog, affording pilots a better view of targets? "Owning the Weather" was a document prepared by the U.S.Air Force, predicting weather modifications that reshape battlefields, identifying distinct advantages against the enemy. Using weather as a weapon is a violation of international agreements. In 1977, a United.Nations resolution set guidelines against changing the weather for hostile purposes. The research was formerly presented for military purposes but may result in improvements for the private sector, including improved cloud seeding techniques to help farmers. Laser technology could also zap heavy fog for passenger jets. With the parade this weekend, the Luck O' The Irish was not evident on March 17, 1997 on Massachusetts' Nantucket Island. Arctic air moved by west, southwest winds, passed over the warm ocean water and put eight inches of snow on the Island. In Venice, Florida on March 17, 1985, a tornado destroyed 55 homes. A water cooler from a nearby store was blown through the wall of a house three blocks away. Better luck the day after St. Pat's Day in 1973 in Corey, LA. A baby was carried 400 yards from tornadic winds and survived. St. Patrick's Day, 1990 found eight to sixteen inches of rain in southern Alabama and three to eight inches in the northern part of the state. During the morning hours a levee broke in Elba, AL, as six to twelve feet of water covered the city. More than a thousand homes were destroyed and 130 to 140 businesses damaged