Dennis Mersereau: Why Do People Believe in Weather Control Conspiracy Theories?
Meteorologists talking about the weather can feel like whacking a wasp’s nest these days, and it’s all thanks to conspiracy theories. Simple pictures of clouds or warnings about thunderstorms can elicit reactions nastier than the latest political throw down.
Meteorologists and weather reporters frequently deal with readers who insist that the weather is being controlled by an outside force, though they provide dubious evidence. They insist anyone who debunks their weather modification claims or refuses to agree with them is willfully ignorant or malicious shills raking in gobs of money to cover for whatever power is in control. The anger ranges from simple venting of outrage to outright death threats for allegedly covering up the truth.