Pat Shingleton: "Hail Blasting"
Tuesday's column noted Griffin Morgan's research on the use of cannons in preventing hail damage to crops. Luigi Bombicci was a minerologist in Bologna, Italy and in 1880, believed that hail could be prevented. His theory of "spherohedron" described the hailstone as a process of crystallization and to prevent the development of hail, sound could be used. In 1896, Albert Steiger, Mayor of Windisch-Feistritz, Austria, made the first attempt to defeat hail with the force of sound and did so by modifying a locomotive smokestack. He packed the smokestack with black powder and directed the discharge directly into a thunderstorm. Witnessing this, Mayor Steiger professed that hail would no longer fall on his fields and cannons were accepted.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Prairieville man arrested for impersonating a police officer
State officials respond to The Investigative Unit's report on Hwy 190 in...
Cemetery still working to identify bodies disturbed by August flood
Walker subdivision still having drainage problems
Senator Cassidy unveils plan to replace Affordable Care Act