Today, a lengthy drought might see the authorities placing a limit on luxuries such as garden sprinklers and swimming pools. But back in 1915, there were no similar policies to fall back on. Instead, Californian officials consulted Hatfield, a self-proclaimed rainmaker who assured them that he could end the dry spell.
Amazingly, Hatfield was far from the first of the rainmakers. In fact, back in 1841, the meteorologist James Pollard Espy published The Philosophy of Storms, a book in which he laid out some startling claims. Apparently, the author believed that he had figured out how to bend the weather to his will.