Scientific American reports that a cadre of Indian scientists are working to crack the “monsoon code”, the complicated math that determines the course of the continent’s seasonal monsoon. India’s farmers rely upon the rains of the monsoon for their livelihood, and less rain means less food. Being able to predict the path and strength of the monsoon would enable Indians to make better agricultural decisions.
The more conspiratorially-inclined might also reason that a better model for weather prediction could be the first step in developing accurate weather control tools, as well. The ability to consistently control the weather could be a powerful tool for any nation. Imagine being able to inflict droughts, floods, hurricanes and more utilizing cutting-edge computer models and cloud-seeding technology. Preemptively destroying a nation’s infrastructure in advance of hostilities would be an excellent way to launch a soft invasion via “peace-keepers” and “humanitarian aid workers”, not to even mention “offers you can’t refuse” in the form of pricey loans for reconstruction and financial stability.