After a two year hiatus, HAARP (The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) has returned. HAARP is a powerful transmitter array that uses radio waves to slightly heat a bit of the ionosphere so it can be studied. It was previously run by the US Navy, but they completed their work there and closed it down. After some negotiation for funding control of the site was turned over to the University of Alaska, it was refurbished, and is now set to re-open.
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, they will hold an open house, mostly for the locals, as it's in a remote area of Alaska.
HAARP is the source of many conspiracy theories, mostly because it's very complicated, and far beyond the understanding of the majority of people. So it's quite easy to bamboozle people into thinking it is something it is not. In a previous discussion thread on exactly what HAARP does, things very quickly got overly complicated. But one useful thing was this diagram that showed the area that HAARP can affect. Just the bit at the top of this column:
Which is even smaller if you look at it in perspective, and compare it to a weather system:
The university are obviously aware of the conspiracy theories, and have a FAQ that covers the most relevant questions
Is HAARP capable of affecting the weather?
The HAARP facility cannot affect the weather. If the ionospheric storms caused by the sun itself don’t affect the surface weather, there is no chance that HAARP can do so either. Transmitted energy in the frequency ranges that will be used by HAARP is not absorbed in either the troposphere or the stratosphere—the two levels of the atmosphere that produce Earth’s weather. Electromagnetic interactions only occur in the near vacuum of the rarefied region of the atmosphere above about 70 km (a little over 45 miles), known as the ionosphere.
The ionosphere is created and continuously replenished as the sun’s radiation interacts with the highest levels of the Earth’s atmosphere. No association between the ionosphere’s natural variability and surface weather and climate has been found, even at the extraordinarily high levels of ionospheric turbulence that the sun can produce during a geomagnetic storm.
Can HAARP create a hole in the ionosphere?
No. Any effects produced by HAARP are miniscule compared with natural day-night variations that occur in the ionosphere. Several ionospheric layers completely disappear naturally over a whole hemisphere during the evening hours. HAARP can’t come close to producing this effect, even in the limited region directly over the site.