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November 4, 2012

“A New Weather Cannon” | Futility Closet

Kanitz has devised a simple form of cannon which is essentially a breech-loading mortar some thirty feet in length. The mortar is journaled in a rotatable carriage, so that it can be raised and lowered and swung from side to side. The charge is a metallic cartridge of blasting powder. After the discharge a loud, shrill whistling is heard, lasting for about fourteen or fifteen seconds. French and Italian wine-growers insist that by means of the gun clouds are torn asunder, so that rain instead of hail falls.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 4, 2012 2:54 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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