Iran thinks Israel has been stealing its clouds to cause a drought
3 Jul 2018
An Iranian general has accused Israel of ‘manipulating weather’ to prevent rain over the Islamic republic – aka, stealing the country’s clouds.
Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation, alleged that his country was facing cloud ‘theft’ during a press conference. However he was later contradicted by the nation’s weather chief. Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation, alleged that his country was facing cloud ‘theft’ during a press conference.
Speaking at the conference, the general said: ‘The changing climate in Iran is suspect. ‘Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change’. He later insisted the results from an Iranian scientific study ‘confirmed’ the claim. ‘Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,’ he said.
‘On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft’, Jalali added, citing a survey showing that above 2,200 metres all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.
Iran’s own meteorological service struck a sceptical note, however. ‘Iran has suffered a prolonged drought, and this is a global trend that does not apply only to Iran,’ Vazife said.
General Jalali ‘probably has documents of which I am not aware, but on the basis of meteorological knowledge, it is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds’, said the head of Iran’s meteorological service Ahad Vazife.
‘Iran has suffered a prolonged drought, and this is a global trend that does not apply only to Iran,’ Vazife said. Bus passengers locked in eternal silent battle opening and closing a window‘Raising such questions not only does not solve any of our problems, but will deter us from finding the right solutions’, he added, in apparent reference to Jalali’s claims.
The general’s allegations of weather pilfering were not the first time an Iranian official has accused the country’s foes of stealing its rain.
Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2011 accused Western countries of devising plans to ’cause drought’ in Iran, adding that ‘European countries used special equipment to force clouds to dump’ their water on their continent.