Alton Towers wants to control rain

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 9:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After the summer deluge sparked a dip in visitors to Alton Towers, bosses say they are working on plans to make the 500-acre site rain-free. They want to use a rain-seeding technique that encourages the heavens to open long before the threatening cumulonimbus gets too close to the theme park.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:04 AM
I like the one line..."What's the sense in stopping it from raining when people head straight to the log flume?"

Good point! :)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:58 AM
Sounds like a publicity stunt to me. Alton Towers is known for things like this and none of them ever come to fruition.

After reading TPR's report on their days at Cedar Point makes me think they should consider this though. :)

EDIT: I'd never heard of this technique before and think it's pretty wicked. I wonder if there are any adverse effects to messing with mother nature?
*** This post was edited by halltd 8/29/2007 10:58:46 AM ***

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:43 AM
They did this in an episode of Disney's Talespin. All they need to do is attach a bulldozer to the front of an airplane and plow away all the rain clouds. It's just that simple.

~Rob Willi

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 2:19 PM
They are doing this for the olympics in Beijing.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/05/china.rain/index.html

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 4:07 PM
^^ Rob, that's classic! I used to watch that show when I was a kid--good times!

Or maybe they could get some really big fans to blow the clouds away--especially toward the competition! :)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 4:56 PM
Rained about 4 times all this summer at KI. Why is their attendance down?
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 5:24 PM
Then the next problem will be that people can't get to the park because all the roads got washed out from all the torrential rains they had 5 miles away.

Didn't Blofeld want to control the weather in one of the Bond movies?

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 9:37 PM
"They did this in an episode of Disney's Talespin. All they need to do is attach a bulldozer to the front of an airplane and plow away all the rain clouds. It's just that simple."

Launchpad also did that in an episode of Disney's DuckTales. Too bad you can't do that in real life, it would make things so much easier for a lot of places.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:10 AM
Charles Nungester said:

Rained about 4 times all this summer at KI. Why is their attendance down?

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And you would know this how? In another topic you mentioned this and your reasoning was you and your brother witnessed an emptier parking lot. Sorry, but that is not a good enough reason to conclude that attendance is down.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007 8:21 AM
He just wants their attendance to be down since they took away his flyers. :)

-Tambo

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Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:31 PM
I'm still wondering what KI's attendance has to do with rain in the UK.
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Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:52 PM
Everything, apparently, if you're Chuck.
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Thursday, August 30, 2007 1:52 PM
Well this is definitly a real option bcause cloud seeding has been done before. However it not a viable option for such a small scale. The U.S. looked into using cloud seeding to change paths of tropical storms throughout the 60's. Discovery Channel actually just had a big weather special in the begining of august that had a lot to do with cloud seeding and the adding of hydrocarbons to disipate storms. Might be on OnDemand somewhere, is worth a look see.

BUT in the case of Alton, definitly a publicity stunt. To small scale and to expensive.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:23 PM
The problem with a publicity stunt like this is now every time there's a heavy rain in the region, people will start blaming the park and whatever kind of voodoo they're doing in the clouds.
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