China wages war on Olympic weather

Wasn’t the weather in Beijing just amazing!

BEIXIN, CHINA–Mark Twain once famously said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Here, 25 kilometres northwest of central Beijing, they’re desperately trying to do something about it – it’s just that nobody wants to talk.

“You can’t come in here,” says a groundskeeper from behind the locked gates of the Beijing Haidian District Weather Modification Office. “No one gets in here without permission from the higher authorities.”

Behind him stands a battery of four 37-millimetre anti-aircraft guns and a rocket launcher mounted on a trailer.

It’s all part of Beijing’s war on weather.

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