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The Art of Rainmaking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ryan   

ImageIt is possible to make rain. In fact, it’s been done more times than anyone can remember. For thousands and thousands of years there have been rainmakers and stories of rainmakers – which continue today. All those years, all those stories – could they all be in error, or just myth?

It is possible to make rain. In fact, the two of us here at Rainmaker-Rainmaker have done it more times than we can remember, exactly . . . probably a couple hundred times at least.

It is possible to make rain – and over time others notice, they note that somehow you seemed to have something to do with it raining. This acknowledgement is as refreshing as the glistening rain: another human being sees that what “they” told you couldn’t be done, can be.  

On this page is a link to a dozen or so newspaper articles and stories that were written about the rainmaking the two of us here at Rainmaker-Rainmaker have done in years past.

When considering the idea of making rain understand that we don’t “make rain.” God and Nature make the rain. We don’t “control the weather.” We influence it. We work with it and respect it for what it is: a huge, dynamic energy system spanning the globe, encompassing us all and changing constantly second by minute by hour by day by season – taking us with it all the way.  Every single day of our lives the weather affects us. (Nature might be set up so that you can affect the weather back.)

ImageIt is possible to make rain, alter the weather, end droughts, bring “normal” weather back to a region that’s undergoing drought.
It’s possible to alter the weather in other ways too. Some of the means to alter the weather are based on natural scientific understanding; some of the means are spiritual in nature.

Matt and Gigi Ryan at Rainmaker-Rainmaker know how to use both means and have done so many times to bring rains and replenishing moisture to drought stricken areas, or helped to regulate the weather in a region so that it  remained near “normal” in these times of severe weather changes everywhere.

Rainmakers of old came from and were known to the people they served. They were not common and yet they were not rare, either. And usually the rest of the people participated in the rainmaking way. Today, the people don’t much believe in rainmaking so they don’t produce many rainmakers and almost never think when facing a drought that something could be done.

ImageBut it can be. It’s more than possible to make rain. It’s predictable. We’ve done it many times in many states in all four of the seasons.
Exactly where, when and how can be found at different places on this site.

Please join us.

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You will often hear the expression, "Mount Shasta makes its own weather." How can a mountain make its own weather? The main answer is that Mount Shasta's presence causes air to be uplifted.

All precipitation comes from clouds. Clouds are formed through the process known as condensation, which is typically caused by cooling. Cooling, in turn, is often caused by the uplifting of air. There are four major processes by which air is uplifted: convective lifting, frontal lifting, convergent lifting, and orographic lifting. Convective summertime thunderstorms produce massive thunderheads on Mount Eddy and Mount Shasta. Wintertime extratropical cyclones produce most of the precipitation formed by frontal lifting in our region. It is the process of orographic lifting that results in Mount Shasta "producing its own weather."

The term orographic comes from the Greek word oros, meaning mountain. Orographic lifting is caused when moving air (wind) encounters a mountain and is forced upwards in the process. The layer of air replaced at the surface causes the air above it to be lifted and cooled. If there is enough moisture in the air, the cooling will cause it to condense and form clouds. If further condensation occurs then orographic precipitation can be produced.

Mount Shasta is known for its beautiful clouds. The lenticular clouds, often called "flying saucers," are probably the most well-known type of cloud in the region. However, there are many types of clouds that can be seen around Mount Shasta.

Clouds are the visible expression of the process known as condensation. We can learn to "read" what the weather holds for us in the near future by examining clouds. But clouds are more than the result of a scientific process. Clouds also bring beauty to our lives. The next time you say to yourself, "Mount Shasta is so beautiful today," look closely at the sky and you will probably find that the clouds that clothe Mount Shasta add to its beauty.

Mount Shasta is located in far northern California at 41.3º N, 122.3º W. Mount Shasta has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Most of the yearly precipitation falls during the winter season. Because of its high elevation and latitude, much of the winter precipitation falls as snow. This snowpack acts as a reservoir for the surrounding area, providing water to the Shasta River watershed to the north as well as to the Sacramento River watershed to the south. Northern California receives five to seven major storms during the wet season. If fewer than five storms hit the region, it is likely to lead to drought conditions.

Mount Shasta is one of the twenty or so large volcanic peaks that dominate the High Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. These isolated peaks and the hundreds of smaller vents that are scattered between them lie about 200 kilometers east of the coast and trend southward from Mount Garibaldi in British Columbia to Mount Lassen in northern California . Mount Shasta stands near the southern end of the Cascades, about 65 kilometers south of the Oregon border. It is a prominent landmark not only because its summit stands at an elevation of 4,317 meters (14,162 feet), but also because its volume of nearly 500 cubic kilometers makes it the largest of the Cascade Stratovolcanoes.



How long does it take to end a drought? PDF Print E-mail
Frequently Asked Questions
Written by Matt Ryan   
Depending upon what one means by “ending the drought” it can take from days to weeks to a season or more.

Generally, a drought is considered a period of time – 30-40 days – with no rainfall. More accurately, a drought results from a long period of diminished rainfall, say a season or two in a row, or a year, during which half or less of the average amount of rain falls.

Some periods with less rain are more critical than others. In the West there is a definite rainy period running from October to April with the core months from November to February usually being the wettest. A dry fall or winter season will cause far more problems than a dry summer when, in many places, it’s not unusual to go a month or two without rain.

ImageA rule of thumb is the longer the drought has existed, the longer it will take to end it. In most cases, rainfall will resume 5 to 10 days after starting rainmaking operations. The nature of the atmospheric energy is to pulse again after the initial rain, and then, as far as rainmaking goes, we wait and see.

Mostly these days the droughts have are long-term, and so the operations have to continue for some time, several weeks to a season of patiently waiting, watching, and well-timed work.
Drought Breaking PDF Print E-mail
Applications of Rainmaking
Written by Matt Ryan   
ImageMost droughts can be broken within a two week period. That is, within two weeks of beginning an operation, rainfall resumes and then continues on an average to above-average cycle for the next month. Often, the precipitation continues average to above-average at least for the remainder of the season.

In some cases we will guarantee above-average precipitation for the month following drought breaking operations.
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About Us
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ImageMatthew Ryan started rainmaking in 1984. Working with his scientific mentor Jerome Eden in Careywood , Idaho , his first operations used a large, mechanized Reich cloudbuster (see below) and were focused on the region-wide area of eastern Washington and North Idaho . Over a period of three years he conducted many, many operations to relieve drought conditions in that region, enhance snowfall and snowpack, and reduce summertime fire conditions. After the passing of Jerome Eden in 1987, Ryan continued working in the region on his own as time and resources allowed, all the while learning his craft.

Rainmaker Taking Credit For Increase In Moisture PDF Print E-mail
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Great Falls Tribune
June 11, 2001

Billings (Associated Press) 

ImageThe drought in eastern Montana is ending, says the rainmaker who has been touring the area for farmers and ranchers the last several weeks.

A new moisture pattern has developed that should carry Montana through the summer, and Matt Ryan said he and his wife, Gigi, will return to their home in California .

“It’s starting to be visible,” he said Saturday. “I’m optimistic. The atmosphere is more normal now and there are a lot of indications the drought in Montana is letting up.”

In fact, it has been raining all over Montana lately, and Ryan is willing to take the credit.

Earth Changes Seminars PDF Print E-mail
Earth Changes Seminars
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Living in Balance with the Earth-Changes
In a few short months the price of fuel and food rose sky high
the whole world noticed.
How you reacted can tell how ready you are for the Earth-changes.
Every change on the Earth causes changes in human  
being, thinking, feeling, and belief.
A gallon of gas goes up $2, the world gets scared, angry, depressed. What would happen
if gas wasn’t much available, at any price?
Or food got real scarce?
What could cause that? And where would you be?  
You may have noticed Earth-changes are increasing every year.  
It’s not your imagination. Ask the Red Cross.
There is more to Earth-changes than something happening
 “on the earth”
Whatever happens on Earth happens to you, eventually.  
The time between cause and effect is speeding up
the Earth is changing more intensely
Ask NASA or the Red Cross
Learn to live in balance with the Earth-changes:
practically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Balance in the Earth-changes workshops will combine didactic teaching with hands-on activities, ceremonies, and other experiential learning. Given by Matt and Gigi Ryan at their 24 acre home and retreat in the Mt. Shasta valley of Northern California.

Workshops and Seminars are Ongoing
For Times and Places please check back or contact us.


Matthew Ryan is a professional rainmaker who has broken droughts in most regions of this country. He learned much of his craft in the ten years he spent with Sun Bear, the Chippewa medicine man who founded The Bear Tribe. The former editor of Wildfire magazine, Ryan has edited and published several books on earth changes, including Black Dawn/Bright Day. Ryan has homesteaded in several states and is knowledgeable about living comfortably and self-sufficiently in any situation. He is knowledgeable too about most of the world’s prophetic traditions that foretell of these times, is an accomplished storyteller and loves sharing with others his knowledge on coping with the challenges of this time.
Gigi Ryan grew up on a farm in the Pacific Northwest . With maternal Native American ancestry, she developed an extraordinary relationship with the nature and animals around her. A three-time Grand National Champion with Arabian horses, she is a former professional artist who has also designed and built several homes. Gigi has a deep understanding of the Earth and spirit that translates easily to those around her.   
To register, or for more information:
 rainmaker-rainmaker. com
call or write: 530-925-6028
PO Box, 1346, Mt.Shasta, CA 96067 
additional notes to Earth-changes seminars
By earth-changes we mean the things that are showing up strongly
on the Earth right now: climate, weather changes, the oceans, the
earthquakes, species disappearing, a diminishing electromagnetic
field, etc.  
But we also mean the human movement: discoveries of distant
planets, thousands of satellites alongside our little house in space,
maybe a Black man for the first time in the White House. Then
too, we notice we somehow decided to start growing corn for our
cars instead of for people even though a lot of people are hungry
and can’t afford car fuel. Meanwhile, though everyone is instantly
linked around the globe, the three biggest religions still don’t get
along hardly at all, and some nations still want to just obliterate
We notice too that there is a ubiquitous mental-being that now
attends us quite a bit: the video screen attached to the tv, computer,
cell phone, Ipod, scents us all day long to turn its way. Which is
not “natural.” Not that it’s “wrong” – but it keeps us from looking
to nature.
And “nature” is what is changing now. Earth-changes are
provoking changes in Nature at-large – something will disappear;
something will appear. It’s called evolution. It’s happened before.
Many times. Sometimes it’s mostly species that disappear, as when
the dinosaurs left and the mammals showed up. Other times, it’s
huge landmasses along with the species, moving or disappearing
under the oceans, upthrust on the lands. 
We’re not sure about this cycle yet, but we guess it might be the
biggest, fanciest set of earth-changes to date.
Which is why we’re here. For the show. For the opportunity. For
the love of it. Even though sometimes, just like you, we get upset,
distressed, worried, fearful and somewhat depressed.
We are, however, highly trained and get ourselves over it. Back in
balance, still a little neurotic but functional. 
And we’d like to help you do the same.   
These programs will run over the next year, be taught primarily by
Matt and Gigi Ryan, and will address the host of issues, concerns
and needs that help or hinder living a balanced life in the midst of
the Earth changes currently happening, and expected to increase.
Each program will deal with practical matters: How do you
provide for yourself, family, loved ones on a daily basis, deal with
short-term disruptions of things, while more or less continuing to
live the life you’re living today. Why and how do you prepare to
do more?
Each program will deal with emotional matters: The anxiety, fear,
dread, worry are wearing people down, as much as any physical
load. How to understand and work with the emotional body so that
it helps not hinders, complements not cripples your current way of
being; and helps you with the next step.
Each program will deal with the mental aspects of Earth changes:
more fears start in the mind than in the gut. The concepts and
beliefs you carry today are going to have to get you through some
very challenging and scary times ahead. There may well be big
distresses, despairs and disruptions, as well as exhilarations. The
mental guidelines we use to understand our realities need to be
flexible, open to all kinds of changes, needs and solutions. 
Every program will embrace the spiritual body, the deep knowing
we each have about ourselves, others, and nature. The purpose or
the consequence (however you wish to see it) of the Earth Changes
will involve a change in human consciousness. We will recognize,
acknowledge and work with this body too, through ceremonies and
other pleasant practices.
All program content and experiences will confirm that we are
entering into a stepped up phase of the Earth Changes, and that it is
now time to start being more active.
The programs held at our home and retreat on 24 acres in the Mt.
Shasta, California area are on spectacular lands and location, with
several small streams and views dominated by snowcapped
mountains and greenery.
(We also do sponsored workshops around the country)
All programs will be part teaching, part hands-on. 
Please feel free to contact us for more information. 
What is Rainmaking PDF Print E-mail
What is Rainmaking
Written by Matt Ryan   
This is an ongoing tutorial about rainmaking.

What is a rainmaker? Part 1

In the corporate world the rainmaker is the executive who attracts new business. A rainmaking technique might be a new sales and marketing strategy. In the legal world, the rainmaker is the lawyer who brings in new clients. A rainmaking technique might use personal and political connections to draw clients in.

Throughout the wide world of business a rainmaker is the one who increases profits. In the world in general, a rainmaker achieves exceptional results in his or her profession or field.

In the world of the original sense of the word, a “rainmaker” actually brings rain. Like the executive who doesn’t “make” business, the rainmaker doesn’t make rain – but attracts it to his company.

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Snow Pack PDF Print E-mail
Applications of Rainmaking
Written by Matt Ryan   
ImageOne of the best weather making operations to perform is the building of snowpacks. Throughout the West rivers, streams, creeks and reservoirs all depend upon the snowpack for their year’s water. Beginning in the early winter, periodic rainmaking operations are done to influence snow buildup in the major mountain ranges – Cascades, Sierras, Rockies -- and all intervening mountains and highlands.
Arid Towns Turning to ‘Rainmaker’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carol Bradley, Tribune staff writer   

Great Falls Tribune
March 20, 2001

ImageOrdinarily when he gazes up at the sky, Matt Ryan says, he can see five or six different sections pulsing with energy in a cornucopia of colors and shades.

But Eastern Montana is so bone-dry that when Ryan arrived in Roundup a week and a half ago, the sky held no color at all, he said. It looked to him like one big muslin sheet.

Of course, that’s the reason Ryan was summoned to Roundup in the first place – he’s called “the rainmaker,” which is the equivalent of a miracle worker in this parched region of the state.

Farmers and ranchers worried sick about the drought hired him, hoping against hope he could quench some of the thirst.

Lo and behold, nearly a week after Ryan went to work, snow and rain did fall on her ranch and the surrounding county, Viola Hill reported.

“It was pretty wet snow,” Hill added in a telephone interview the following day, “because it’s real muddy out here right now.”

They used to hang rainmakers back in homesteading days, Ryan is fond of saying, and now and again the locals still treat him as if he were Elmer Gantry, the fictional charlatan who smooth-talked innocent folks out of their money.

Fire Fighting PDF Print E-mail
Applications of Rainmaking
Written by Matt Ryan   
When a large scale fire breaks out there are several advantages to beginning rainmaking operations in the area:
  • Within 24 hours there will be an increase in humidity, and a drop in temperature.
  • Within 24 hours wind speed, or direction, can usually be altered.
  • Within 3 to 5 days rain is possible; within 5 to 10 days it’s expectable.
Hope in the Clouds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lorna Thackeray of the Gazette staff   

Billings Gazette
March 18, 2001

ImageDesperate farmers, ranchers seek help from rainmaker

As far as Viola Hill is concerned, it comes down to this: Keep praying for rain that doesn’t come, or hire a rainmaker and try to save the family ranch.

“They said, well, we should pray,” she said in an interview from her home in Roundup. “Well, we have prayed and our prayers aren’t being answered”

She and her neighbors in Musselshell and Petroleum counties have been waiting for decent moisture since 1993, the last time she can remember the family ranch halfway between Musselshell and Winnett covered with thick, green grass.

It’s been downhill since.

“Drought, drought, grasshoppers, drought,” she lamented. “If we go through another summer like last summer, we’re going to be out of business.”

Viola Hill remembers the misery of the 1930s and believes the last eight years have been worse. If it continues much longer, there will be no one left in the heart of Montana ’s farm and ranch country still in business, Hill said.

Return of the Rainmaker PDF Print E-mail
Written by David S. Lewis   

Montana Pioneer
May 2001

ImageCall It Coincidence, or Attunement with the Forces of Nature, Rain Seems to Follow Matt Ryan Wherever He Goes

Say what you want about Matt Ryan, but when he shows up in Montana , drought conditions seem to improve. Called by drought stricken farmers and ranchers, Ryan has made five trips to Montana over a period of ten years. He has been called here before, and he was called again in February, by ranchers willing to pay him good money to “make rain.”

His last “rainmaking trip” began February 13 and ended March 20. The first and primary area he addressed with his mysterious technique stretched about 150 miles north to south, from Cascade through Great Falls , Brady, Conrad, and Shelby . Of the 37 days Ryan spent in Montana , he spent 27 days in this area.


In The Wake of the Rainmaker PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lorna Thackery   

Billings Gazette
September 24, 2000

ImagePhyllis Fuhrman knows that some of her neighbors in northeastern Montana think she’s nuts.

But if she needs assurance of her sanity, all she has to do is look at the numbers rolling off the account books. Whatever anyone else may think, hiring the rainmaker made more sense to her than anything she’s done all year.

Fuhrman, 70, who has worked the land north of Glasgow with her husband for the last 50 years, goes so far as to say the rest of the state is clearly demented for enduring an unnecessary drought.

“It’s awesome what this man can do,” she said. “We’ve got wheat coming out our ears up here.

”“This man” is Matt Ryan, a 48-year-old rainmaker from Mt. Shasta , California . The Fuhrman’s and several other farmers and ranchers in the northeast section of Montana put together $10,000 to bring him here in early June along with steady rain that has soaked their corner of the state and nowhere else in Montana in this year of withering drought. The Fuhrman’s paid $4,500 of the fee themselves.

Was it the Rainmaker? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Samar Fay   

The Glasgow Courier
Glagow, Montana
Thursday, June 7 2001

Image“I don’t care how he does it,” Jim Fuhrman says, “When he comes we get rain.”

Matt Ryan, the rainmaker from Mt. Shasta , California , has come to Montana again. Since May 17 he has been working in Ryegate, Winnett, Lewistown, Brady, places he has never been before, and Fort Peck . And it has rained in all of them.

Hope on the Horizon? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jaques Rutten   

Lewistown News-Argus
June 16, 2001

ImageLu Pugrud is not sure whether it was the work of the man they call ‘the rainmaker.’Perhaps it was the rain dance they held at the Winnett Bar a few weeks ago.Or just maybe, it was simply an act of God.But she does know it’s been raining at her ranch near Winnett. Long, soaking, replenishing rains. And she’s happy.All across Central Montana there was a feeling of relief this week as much needed precipitation doused the parched landscape.It’s raining. And many feel Matt Ryan of Mt. Shasta , California , the  so-called rainmaker, is the man responsible.

“I’m optimistic, I sure am,” Ryan told the News-Argus Wednesday. “I know there are a lot of people out there breathing easier.“Yes, I’m optimistic that Montana is finally coming out of the drought.”

Rainmaker Matt Ryan PDF Print E-mail
Written by David S. Lewis   

The Montana Pioneer
November  2000

ImageMontana ’s farmers and ranchers pay close attention to the weather. During the growing season, rain, or lack of it, is always on their minds. So when the national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted a drought for the state this past summer, with worse conditions for northeastern Montana, Phyllis and Jim Furman, who farm spring wheat near Glasgow, weren’t exactly delighted with the news.

Strangely, though, the whole northeast section of the state, in spite of NOAA’s forecast, experienced above average rainfall – unlike most of the rest of the state.

And the Furmans believe they know why.

With twenty other farmers and ranchers near Glasgow , they hired a rainmaker.

Is It Possible To Make Rain? PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Lewis   

Yogi Berra, that Mystic Visionary, Just Might Have the Answer 

ImageImagine my dilemma. I’ve got all these fabulous Yogi Berra quotes that I want to share with you in this month’s Up Front. But I also need to write about Matt Ryan, the “Rainmaker,” featured on page 9.

Pardon me for doing so, but I’m going to attempt both, answering the question, “Is it possible to make rain?” by saying, and here we go with the Yogi Berra quotes, you can observe a lot by watching.

Having indeed observed by watching, I can tell you that when Matt Ryan comes to Montana , the weather invariably gets wetter, even here down in Livingston , well “outside his area influence,” as he puts it. You could call this coincidence, in that it defies traditional science and reason. And this must be weighed when drawing a conclusion. But after a while, when you come to a fork in the road, in regard to your powers of deductive reasoning, you have to take it.

Romancing the Clouds PDF Print E-mail
Written by J.R. Moehringer   
Los Angeles Times

February 23, 2003

ImageConrad, Montana – They still think about the rainmaker, still remember him fondly, especially when a beautiful cloud rolls by.

They still talk about the rainmaker, over cups of coffee at the Home Café or beers at the Ryegate Bar. They can’t help it – they miss him. They wish he would return. They would give anything to see the rainmaker drive up in his dusty old truck, setting forth his grand theory of life and promising to wring a few good storms from their dried-out sky.

But there isn’t any money for the rainmaker right now.

After another year of drought, most farmers in Montana are broke, many are beyond broke, hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Whatever mad money that had stashed away for an unrainy day, they gave the rainmaker when he last came through town.