Conspiracy theorists claim the bomb cyclone behind record-breaking snow storms has been caused by sinister government ‘weather modification’.
Online posters insist huge blizzards and freezing temperatures currently being experienced by much of the east coast are not a natural phenomenon, but the result of shadowy experiments involving silver iodide bombs.
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A Facebook page called Weather Modification History, which claims it wants to inform the public of government meddling, uploaded a post saying: ‘Here’s your #bombcyclone’ with a link to an article on silver iodide.
It claims the weather weapons were first deployed during the Vietnam War in 1967, using a process known as ‘cloud-seeding’.
This is a scientifically-recognized process whereby chemicals such as silver iodide are scattered as a way of increasing precipitation (rainfall, sleet, hail or snow) from clouds in conditions where water vapor is already present.
Forecasters insist the bomb cyclone, also known as Storm Grayson, is a natural winter storm, caused by an unusually sharp, rapid drop in barometric pressure.
A shopper in Dartmouth, MA, struggles to get a shopping cart back to her car (Picture: ap)This happens when a region of warm air meets an area of colder air, it begins to move and creates a cyclone effect thanks to the rotation of the Earth. This movement is counterclockwise, and is responsible for pulling freezing winds from the north east into areas where conditions are normally milder.
But that science cuts no ice with conspiracy theorists, who have gone online to share their concerns.
The extreme weather has seem the mercury plunge as low as 10F, with many cities expected to experience their lowest ever recorded temperature this weekend, including Boston, where the 7F record has stood since 1896.
It has also seen record-breaking high tides, deep snow falls, travel chaos and even seen frozen sharks wash up in Cape Cod.
It's been overdosed with silver iodide by the looks of it. The weather fixers have overfixed!
— Stephen Barnes (@plymouthweb) January 4, 2018