Native Americans of many tribes have a rain dance to bring forth beneficial rains to areas of drought. Native Americans in the midwestern parts of the modern United States often tracked and followed known weather patterns while offering to perform a rain dance for settlers in return for trade items. This is best documented among the Osage and Quapaw Indian tribes of Missouri and Arkansas.
A popular belief in northern Europe that shooting prevents hail caused many agricultural towns to fire cannons without ammunition. Veterans of the Seven Years’ War, Napoleonic wars, and the American Civil War reported that rain fell after every large battle. After their stories were collected in War and Weather, the United States Department of War in the late 19th century purchased $9,000 of gunpowder and explosives to detonate them in Texas. The results of the test, were inconclusive.
Not to put ideas into the snow lovers heads I wonder if this would work to induce snow into our snow starved area this winter. I am an honorary member of the Pottawatomie tribe here in Allegan county (which is a long story) and I have heard of no rituals for inducing snow from these people. I don’t think law enforcement would take kindly to firing cannons and rifles to shake up the atmosphere.
There are winter storm warnings and advisories south of the state which run from Kansas to the Virginias. The warning area is in Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana. If you are heading south of I80 tomorrow driving will be tricky as they are expecting up to 9 inches of snow. Northern Maine has wind chill advisories for wind chills to -30°.
Temperatures overnight dipped to 14.7° in Otsego with a feels like temp of 9°. We will be in another bland weather pattern through at least next Wednesday. There are stronger hints of a more active and cold pattern shaping up by next weekend lasting through the end of the month (or longer). We will see if the guesses turn into reality, that said we will be hard pressed to make up the lost snow of the first half of winter and hopefully the pattern change won’t last into May… The CPC maps I posted yesterday have changed showing chances of below normal temps and above normal precip. after the 18th.