Heavy Rains Threaten Onion and Celery Crops (1950)

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“Warwick in History” – Black dirt farmers brought to the attention of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 1950 the fact that excessive rainfalls, presumably due to the rainmaking activities of Dr. Wallace Howell of New York City, were ruining their crops. They also started a move to obtain an injunction against New York City to prevent further rainmaking activities and moved to sue for crop damages.
The Supervisory Board passed a resolution by Dr. John Kane of Goshen, which called upon the Board of water Supply of New York to “cease immediately all attempts to produce artificial rainfall.” The board also took steps toward getting legislation passed at Albany which would control all future rainmaking activities.
It was reported that the heavy rains threatened onion and celery crops principally.