This manuscript had a close call in being accepted into the American Meteorological Society’s Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. in 1998-1999. The key reviewer that I had to satisfy (according to journal Editor I. Abrams) insisted that I make it clear that the cloud seeding experimenters in Colorado and Israel did the “best they could with the tools available at that time”, paraphrasing here.
I couldn’t do it.
I had personal experience with the leaders of both those benchmark experiments; one was intransigent regarding new facts that upset a key claim he repeatedly made about the height of cloud tops in the Rockies during storms, and the other leader denied me access to his radar to observe cloud top heights (and thus obtain temperatures). I went to Israel suspecting that his many papers on the clouds of Israel were in major error. (They were later proved to be in major error on several occasions over the following 20 years.)
So, how could I agree with the key, “Reviewer B” stating that those experimenters did the best they could? I might have “got in” by doing that. Both cloud seeding leaders caused their respective country’s millions of dollars in wasted cloud seeding efforts.
An updated “Gaps” manuscript was rejected a second time (!) in 2017 or so by the editor of the weather modification/cloud seeding issue of “Advances in Meteorology”, L. Xue, as “not the kind of paper we were looking for.” Perhaps, though, it’s the kind of article YOU were looking for: