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Hatfield The Rainmaker: The Man Who Courted Nature

The greatest rainmaker of modern times. For more than 30 years he practiced his art and won a name for himself by filling lakes, saving crops, and breaking droughts, from the Yukon to Guatemala. He offered to clear London of its fog and to water the Sahara. But the scene of his most spectacular achievement was San Diego, California.

Hatfield the Rainmaker: The Man Who Courted Nature

By Mr Ghaz, February 16, 2010

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Hatfield the Rainmaker: The Man Who Courted Nature

 

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They called Charles Hatfield a commander of nature, the greatest rainmaker of modern times. For more than 30 years he practiced his art and won a name for himself by filling lakes, saving crops, and breaking droughts, from the Yukon to Guatemala. He offered to clear London of its fog and to water the Sahara. But the scene of his most spectacular achievement was San Diego, California.

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Hatfield approached the city council in December 1915 with simple offer. For a fee $10,000, he would fill the vast city reservoir at Morena Dam; if no rain fell, he would aspect no pay. The council’s amused reaction: if he did fill the reservoir, they would pay him, with pleasure.

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It seemed a safe bet. The reservoir could hold a staggering 15 billion gallons and had never been more than one-third full since it was built. Besides, as one member of the council pointed out, if Hatfield did succeed, he would supply them with 10 billion gallons of water at a cost of one tent of a cent per 1,000 gallons, if he failed, the attempt would have cost them nothing.

Drawing the Clouds

 

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On January 1, 1916, Hatfield arrived at Morena Dam, some 60 miles east of San Diego, and set to work. First he erected a wooden tower about 20 feet high. On to of it he placed large galvanizing trays containing his special moisture attracting mixture. Then, through a process of chemical evaporation – the details of which he kept a closely guarded secret – he began “coaxing, wheedling, and courting” nature.

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  1. papaleng

    On February 17, 2010 at 11:36 am


    Oh that was one hell of a story..Very interesting post!

  2. martie

    On February 17, 2010 at 11:51 am


    Great article

  3. STEVE666

    On February 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm


    Interesting—although a rain-maker is the last thing we need in England.

  4. chellsy

    On February 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm


    great post

  5. Mansor

    On February 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm


    Excellent! very informative and well researched article. I really enjoyed reading it. amazing story indeed. Thanks for sharing this wonderful work. Well done Mr Ghaz! keep it up

  6. Christine Ramsay

    On February 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm


    An amazing story! I never dreamed a human being could actually make rain. It just goes to show you need to get agreements in writing. An excellent post.

    Christine

  7. Tom

    On February 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm


    I would have threatened to make it continue raining until the who city was washed away if they refused to pay.

  8. 8Shei8

    On February 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm


    This is an intriguing article. Thank you!

  9. Inna Tysoe

    On February 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm


    Thanks for that

  10. Eunice Tan

    On February 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm


    Very interesting article

  11. susan

    On February 18, 2010 at 1:38 am


    sort of like a modern-day pied piper.

  12. wonder

    On February 18, 2010 at 4:19 am


    That’s really amazing.

  13. sambhafusia

    On February 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm


    Excellent!!! well written …nice share…

  14. Razie

    On February 18, 2010 at 11:20 pm


    Wow! This was a great article!..very interesting story..really amazed me. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  15. Rene

    On February 19, 2010 at 8:01 am


    This is amazinng background on what is happening now.
    The chemtrails are all around the world. I barly see the sun here in Holland.
    And If there is a sunny moment, the chemtrails and feather-like chemclouds are still there.

    It is supposed to frighten people with climatechange by nature because of CO2.

    But it’s climate change by design and command by our so called “leaders”.

    Great site, thanks for the information!!

  16. Phill Senters

    On February 20, 2010 at 1:28 am


    . From no rain to too much. Very interesting story Mr G.

  17. revivor

    On March 2, 2010 at 9:24 am


    I wondered if he got paid!!
    Obviously not – bit unfair if you ask me

  18. Vo Nguyen

    On March 4, 2010 at 6:31 am


    Hats off to you my friend ! you are one skilled writer, thanks for the comment of my poem, Makes it even better coming from a writer of your caliber, keep up the good job!

  19. Lembit

    On September 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm


    intresting story.the man should got his money.

  20. Lembit

    On September 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm


    intresting story.the man should got his money.

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