Conspiracy theory says Gateway Arch controls the weather
I must admit that I am a fan of conspiracy theories. The bigger the whopper, the more I like them. But even I had a hard time understanding a theory that the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri somehow controls the weather.
If you are not familiar with the history of Gateway Arch in St. Louis, it has been the symbol of the Midwest since 1965 when it was finally completed as part of a 2 year project.
I stumbled upon this theory while trying to get the most out of my Discovery Plus subscription when a show called “The UnxPlained” mentioned the idea that Gateway Arch is preventing St. Louis from having more severe thunderstorms.
I have also found other articles that mention this somewhat traveled theory on the Ark. Gateway Arch referred to this by saying that an engineer who helped build the Arch believed this:
An engineer who had close ties to Gateway Arch architect Eero Saarinen and helped sketch the plans for the monument’s construction dropped an explosive bomb, claiming that the famous Finnish designer specifically envisioned the Arch as a way to control the weather conditions of the Midwest.
My wife is a meteorologist and has no idea what real science could do that the Ark affects weather conditions. Someone was kind enough to share a nice 4K walk around the Arch recently.
It should be noted that this video is particularly popular now as there are still COVID protocols that limit the number of visitors who can climb the ark at any time.
Many don’t know that there are boat cruises near Gateway Arch that give you an even more compelling perspective. Thanks to my fear of heights, I’m unlikely to sign up for the helicopter tours, but it could be great for you if you’re ready. As for me, gravity will happily keep me grounded.
Does the Gateway Arch really change the weather? I highly doubt it, but it remains one of the must-do activities at some point in your life if you live in the Midwest, regardless of whether it stops thunderstorms in their tracks or not.
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