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Howell's Storm: New York City's Official Rainmaker and the 1950 Drought

Author: Jim Leeke.

Howell's Storm: New York City's Official Rainmaker and the 1950 Drought

Author: Jim Leeke.

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Item #: D34101
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2019
Publisher: Chicago Review
ISBN: 9780912777955
By February 1950, New York City was deep in the grip of a drought, and had to try something different. The Mayor hired municipal rainmaker Wallace E. Howell, a soft-spoken Harvard-educated meteorologist. Over the next year, his leadership of a small ground and air armada, and his unprecedented scientific campaign to replenish the city's Catskills reservoirs,... More
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By February 1950, New York City was deep in the grip of a drought, and had to try something different. The Mayor hired municipal rainmaker Wallace E. Howell, a soft-spoken Harvard-educated meteorologist. Over the next year, his leadership of a small ground and air armada, and his unprecedented scientific campaign to replenish the city's Catskills reservoirs, captured the imagination of the world. Creating a portrait of this unintentional celebrity, Jim Leeke also explains why his activities stirred up controversy among government officials, farmers, and resort owners.


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