The new book Howell’s Storm: New York City’s Official Rainmaker and the 1950 Drought by Jim Leeke (Chicago Review Press, 2018) is a fascinating account of an untold New York tale of how Dr. Wallace E. Howell was hired to create rain during a 1950 drought.
Using a scientific method that he called “rain stimulation,” Howell undertook a $50,000 project that yielded still-controversial results. Complete with photographs of Howell during the unpredictable snow storm of April 1950 and New York citizens during the record-breaking Thanksgiving flooding, Leeke describes the history and legal ramifications of experimental meteorology through the story of one remarkable New York year.
Jim Leeke is the author of From the Dugouts to the Trenches, Nine Innings for the King and Ballplayers in the Great War. A former print journalist, he has written extensively about computing, technology, and American military history.
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