I had also seen pictures of a cloudbuster Ash had on his website, and he had sent pictures of a Trevor Constable-type "Spider Unit" he had built to several lists and said he was testing it to see what changes it caused that would change the readings on an orgone field meter. This was just before the rain started.
The sequence of events then looked like this. First, Ash does tests of the Constable device, not understanding what it really does to the atmosphere or how it does it because what Constable says it does is something different, disguised to prevent anyone who sees it from understanding it enought to be able to get desired results with it. Then, after the device triggers excessive rainfall, Ash asks friends in America for help in stopping the rain, still not knowing it was his own earlier work that had started it.
Then, acting on advice from Jamie or someone else, probably Karl Schwartz, a fraud who falsely claims to have been a student of Constable, Ash tries to stop the rain with a standard-model Reich cloudbuster, and not knowing that a draw from vertical will cause a prolonged, heavy rain, as Reich said and I have seen for myself, draws from too high an angle, close enough to vertical to cause the already contracting atmosphere to contract still more, increasing and prolonging the rain.
This sequence of events can be clearly seen on the weather pictures from space. And there is no way an already contracting atmosphere, with the rain already having gotten started, would suddenly contract still more all by itself. If it is already in the contraction phase of the expansion-contraction cycle, it will not contract additionally unless an additional contracting stimulus is applied.
Somebody must have been cloudbusting at the time right AFTER the rain had started, and Ash was the most logical suspect since he was in Queensland, was known to have a cloudbuster, and had been operating just before that when the rains started, as shown by his posts to the orgone lists about his tests with the field meter.
This suspicion was then confirmed by Jamie, who I already knew Ash was in the habit of asking for advice on things orgonomic. The highly defensive reaction of both Ash and Jamie when I made public this suspicion is additional evidence that they both are at least at some level, aware that that is what happened, but are in denial.
Additionally, I had sent an e-mail to Hugh Lovel, an American now living in Queensland, who is into biodynamic farming and has many contacts in that field in Australia. If someone in Queensland was doing cloudbusting, Hugh is likely to know of it, but he answered that nobody he knew of was trying anything with a cloudbuster. That does not totally rule out the possibility that someone other than Ash was cloudbusting, but it does greatly reduce the likelihood.
So I would consider the odds that Ash caused both the start of the rain and the intensification of it afterwards as good enough, if not for a conviction, at least for an arrest warrant and indictment.