Stone, Dr Newton C 1972-10-16

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Dr. Newton Stone, meteorologist with Irving Krick Associates in Palm Springs, California, explains his organization’s meteorological techniques and weather modification practices.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dr. Newton C. Stone

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 16, 1972

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Traces origin of interest in meteorology, Response to Vincent Schaefer’s weather modification discovery related, Review of the state of "long-range" weather predictions, Claims of conservative nature of Weather Bureau techniques, Irving Krick’s development of long range forecasts defended, Explains use of analog and Krick’s method, Lists Krick’s clients, Epistemological differences emphasized, States moving picture industry’s role in the development of Krick’s organization, Discussion of "private meteorology", First experiments in weather modification recalled, Notes organization’s anticipation of 1950 drought, Cites reason for Krick’s move to Colorado, Attitude toward Dr. Irving Langmuir’s weather modification activities.

Tape 1, Side 2: Beginning of Water Resources Development Corporation, Scientific conflict revealed, Advantages of ground generator defended, Admits uncertainties of ground generator, Popular weather claims in relation to drought reviewed, Advocacy of centralized regulation, Claims of active opposition by the Weather Bureau to weather modification, Advocacy of state over federal regulation, Krick’s clients described, Weather modification contracts characterized, Long-term weather modification programs favored, Views Krick’s public relations and attitude toward charletans, Cost factors discussed.

Range Dates: ?-1972

Bulk Dates: ?-1972

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