Thursday, December 9, 2010

Spraying Water on Tehran Produces No Change

Iran’s Environment Protection Organization (IEPO) sprayed water on suffocating Tehran on Tuesday. The experiment was to shake up the atmosphere to produce rain or create artificial wind corridors to blow the thick haze away. Iran’s Mehr news agency reports that water spraying by five pesticide planes did not produce any changes.

“When there are no clouds, how could they even think they could produce rain by impregnating non-existent clouds?” said Majid Abbaspour, the dean of Tehran’s Scientific Research University’s School of Energy and Environment. “And any possible effects on diluting the air pollution would have been at most very temporary” [Mehr News Agency, 9 December].

Hassan Aslian, the former director of IEPO, said the experiment could have produced dangerous acid “rain.”

“Carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, the most dangerous component of the air pollution in the city, in high densities mixed with water could produce acid rain over the city,” Aslian said [Mehr News Agency, 9 December].

Meanwhile, the air quality situation in the Iranian capital remains as alarming and dangerous for the third consecutive week.

Photo: Mehr News Agency


Anonymous said...

The evil amerikans and their lackeys the little zionists are controling the weather in Iran, we will punish them all soon.

We have the upper hand they will bow to our pressure soon enough.

Nader Uskowi said...

lol! Thanks for the humor, Tehranians need it these days.

Mark Pyruz said...

I'm a little unclear on this. Is the mew domestic fuel type leaded high-octane? Is that the problem? If so, this is recreating similar conditions the LA region experienced in the late 1960s.

This is winter in Tehran. What's summer going to be like?

Nader Uskowi said...

Mark, when it comes to air quality, winters are normally worse than summers in Tehran. I'll try to get an explanation on it.

Anonymous said...

spreading whater was a silly idea anyway, would it not produce Acid falls(rain)if not careful ??!

learning by doing.. go Iran go.

Dariush London

Anonymous said...

Tehran is huge city at lease 750 sqkm with 10 or five air plan can not do the job at least is better to do something rather than do nothing about it even change 1%.

Mark Pyruz said...

Nader, that's not my personal recollection. But it's been a long time, I must admit. You're probably right.

It also looks like their "spare the air" days are a lot more drastic than what we experience here in the SF Bay Area. Necessarily so, I might add.