Friday, February 08, 2008

Boeing Factory Creates Clouds

The Boeing Factory in Everett, north of Seattle, the largest factory by volume in the world is so massive that it started to develop its own weather system forcing them to design a custom air conditioning system.

A state-of-the-art air circulation system had to be installed inside the monolithic manufacturing plant because clouds - the product of accumulated warm air and moisture - were forming inside.

I don't really know why I found that interesting enough to share. Thanks for your patience.

I lived in Seattle in the 1980s when Microsoft was just a start up that nobody had heard of and Boeing was the only game in town. Their massive factories were interesting to look at for just that reason. The scale of their facilities compared to everything else around was a bit surreal.

I got a feel for the scale of the 747s when I used to commute between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. When you got on in Singapore it was from an air bridge. In Kuala Lumpur in the old airport, you would walk out to the plane and climb on by stairs. Massive, very glamorous and indadvertent cloud makers.


James Higham said...

I've seen this osrt of thing. It's amazing how it can rain inside.

Jayne said...

So to break the drought we need Boeing factories in Alice Springs?

Colin Campbell said...

I was thinking the same thing this morning. Cloud seeding on a large scale. Uneconomic and not carbon neutral.

Anonymous said...

What I found fascinating was that China has found a way of ensuring there is no rain at their Olympic Opening Ceremony using liquid nitrogen and silver iodide. They are not so successful with stopping heavy rain but are confident about averting light rain.

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