For $150K, Your Wedding Can Be Rain-Free

Company offers 'cloud-bursting' service
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2015 4:12 PM CST
For $150K, Your Wedding Can Be Rain-Free
Tourists Vlad Borankin, the groom, and Daria Borankina, both of Moscow, Russia, kiss during their wedding ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at South Pointe area in Miami Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Newser) – You'd be forgiven for thinking humans can't control the weather—but if you have enough cash, it seems, almost anything is possible. A technique that has existed for decades allows scientists to "seed" clouds using silver iodide. The result is that the clouds rain themselves out before an event like the 2008 Beijing Olympics, for which teams launched a complex cloud-seeding operation, HowStuffWorks explains. It notes, however, that there is some debate among experts as to how well it really works. Either way, for $150,000, anybody can give it a shot. For that price,a UK company called Oliver's Travels promises that "the only cloud at your wedding will be Cloud Nine," the Telegraph reports.

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"We're proud and just a little bit excited to be able to offer an exclusive 'cloud-bursting' service to our customers, 100% guaranteeing fair weather and clear skies for when you tie the knot!" the company says. The firm will send light aircraft over the clouds, dropping silver iodide particles to get rid of them. Sure, it may be pricey, the firm says, "but then this is some superhero-style weather modification we’ve got going on here—and what price perfection?" And after the perfect wedding, you can also buy your future child the perfect baby name ... for $32,000. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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