August 1, 2005 8:56 PM Subscribe
After three long years of drought, a desperate San Diego City council, sought out a man who had been creating rain from Central America to the Yukon
, a rainmaker who could bring clouds, fill dams and douse fires. For $10,000, Charles Hatfield
agreed to make rain. Soon after, on January 5, 1916, it started raining and raining...and raining. So much water fell from the sky that two dams overflowed. One dam broke, unleashing floods and devastation.
Instead of gratitude, the city council threatened to sue Hatfield who in the end was saved by a court ruling that deemed rain to be "an act of God."
Hatfield claimed to have invented a chemical formula to summon clouds and was credited with over 500 successes. He took his rain-making secrets to the grave. Hollywood, of course, produced a movie