Space based directed energy weapons were tested during the summer of 2002 here in North Dakota.
I personally witnessed:
~ lightning in a clear low humidity sky, without thunder
~ healthy storm cells ripped apart using what appeared to be beam technology deployed above the system
~ ball lightning
~ constant tanker jet traffic releasing persistent particulate tasting like chalk
~ atmosphere charged with chalky particulate so thick it coated everything to ground level
~ upper atmosphere ionized into a plasma state creating a pulsing dome from horizon to horizon
~ die off of many trees and plants
~ spontaneous prairie fires - one isolated village on the Standing Rock Reservation was totally consumed without an approaching grass fire
It was believed that the Southern Oregon forest fires in 2002-2003 were caused by this same technology.
Nothing surprises me.