In 1916 A “Rainmaker” Was Hired To End San Diego’s Drought – But The Result Was A Devastating Flood

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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.

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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.

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