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Operation Cumulus was a project of the UK government in the 1950s which was investigating weather manipulation, in particular through cloud seeding experiments. Known jokingly within the project as Operation Witch Doctor,[1] the project was operational between 1949 and 1952.

1 Motivation 2 The Lynmouth disaster 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References

The military were controlling the weather for several reasons, as detailed in minutes of an Air Ministry meeting held on 3 November 1953.[1] They included: "bogging down enemy movement"; "incrementing the water flow in rivers and streams to hinder or stop enemy crossings"; clearing fog from airfields.

The Lynmouth disaster

Main article: Lynmouth: 1952 Lynmouth flood On 16 August 1952 a severe flood occurred in the town of Lynmouth in north Devon. 9 inches (229 millimetres) of rain fell within twenty-four hours[2] and the East Lyn River rose rapidly and burst its banks. Thirty-four people died and many buildings and bridges were seriously damaged. Conspiracy theorists speculate that Project Cumulus contributed to the conditions that caused this flood,[3] but evidence was never found. A few days before the disaster a seeding experiment was carried out over southern England. Alan Yates, an aeronautical engineer and glider pilot who was working with the operation, sprayed salt in the air and was "elated" to learn of a heavy rainfall in Staines shortly after.[1] Conspiracy theorists claim that there are rumours that official documents were deliberately destroyed and that certainly some classified documents are missing.[3] Experts however deny that the experiments could have caused the accident. Meteorologist Philip Eden claims that "it is preposterous to blame the Lynmouth flood on such experiments".[4]

See also
Royal Air Force


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1. ^ a b c Vidal, John and Helen Weinstein, RAF rainmakers 'caused 1952 flood' (,10821,544259,00.html), The Guardian, 2001-08-30, retrieved 2007-07-21. 2. ^ 1952: Flood devastates Devon village (, BBC 3. ^ a b Rain-making link to killer floods (, BBC, 2001-08-30, retrieved 2007-07-21 4. ^ The day they made it rain (, Philip Eden, WeatherOnline

The 1952 Flood Disaster in Context (, Exmoor National Park Authority Fitrakis, Bob, Weather Warfare (, retrieved 2007-0721 "Weather" (, Royal Meteorological Society, July 1952. Retrieved from "" Categories: Weather modification Programmes of the Government of the United Kingdom Royal Air Force deployments Conspiracy theories This page was last modified on 30 October 2012 at 03:55. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikipedia is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.