Cloud Busting
Popular term for controlling weather by dissipating of
clouds through mental concentration or other telekinetic
means. In his article ‘‘People and Weather,’’ Les Shepard made
an early comparative discussion of weather changers and techniques
while reviewing the claims of Wilhelm Reich; Oscar
Drummond of Reading, England; Judith L. Gee of London;
and Dr. Rolf Alexander, author of the book The Power of the
Mind The System of Creative Realism (1955). Alexander, a New
Zealander by birth, gave demonstrations of his claimed ability
to dissipate clouds on a British television program in 1956. Alexander
would stare at a chosen target of cumulus cloud and
mentally concentrate on its dissipation.
Oscar Drummond was reported in the Reading Standard of
October 1, 1948, as ‘‘attacking’’ the sky and stopping rain
through mental action. He was quoted as saying, ‘‘Einstein’s
ideas of time, space, and relativity coincide somewhat with my
own facts; that man is sealed down in a domeshaped sky, and
he, being 90 percent water, is one with the wet sky,
physically. . . . If such were not the case, I could not destroy the
clouds metaphysically.’’
Judith L. Gee wrote, ‘‘My method is simplicity itself. It is the
non-acceptance of clouds and rain. . . . So when I want sunshine,
I just see the sun shining . . . the clouds parting and dispersing
and blue skies triumphant.’’
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Cloud Busting
Wilhelm Reich, an early pupil of Freud’s famous for the concept
of orgone energy, invented what he called a ‘‘cloudbuster’’—an
apparatus composed of hollow tubes connected
with running water and pointed at the sky by the operator in
a certain manner.
A more skeptical view of cloud busting was made by Denys
Parsons in a 1956 article in the Journal of the Society for Psychical
Research, London. He suggested that fair weather cumulus
clouds normally dissipate within about fifteen minutes and account
for the apparent effectiveness of paranormal cloudbusting
Alexander, Rolf. The Power of the Mind The System of Creative
Realism. London, 1955.
Parsons, Denys. ‘‘Cloud Busting A Claim Investigated.’’
Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 38, 690 (December
Shepard, Les. ‘‘People and Weather.’’ Orgonomic Functionalism
2, no. 4 (July 1955).

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