People have been manipulating the weather for some time, cloud seeding for instance is in relatively widespread use, but will we ever be able to exert greater control over the elements to the point that even powerful storms could be stopped in their tracks, or diminished in force?
The pioneers and backers of meteorology foresaw something far grander, though. Typhoons, droughts, and other violent weather events might become a weapon, or maybe a thing of the past. Disastrous storms, they believed, would soon be a relic of a less advanced era. One scientist even told a New York Times reporter that “the new discovery of atomic energy might provide a means of diverting, by its explosive force, a hurricane before it could strike a populated place.”