A Pocatello weatherman who gained attention for an unusual theory that Hurricane Katrina was caused by the Japanese mafia using a Russian electromagnetic generator has quit the television station.

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A Pocatello weatherman who gained attention for an unusual theory that Hurricane Katrina was caused by the Japanese mafia using a Russian electromagnetic generator has quit the television station.

Scott Stevens’ last appearance on KPVI-TV was Thursday.

His departure comes after station officials learned a link labeled “Make a Donation” on Stevens’ Web site, www.weatherwars.info, where he expounds on his theory, opened a payment form connected to Stevens’ KPVI e-mail address.

Still, station manager Bill Fouch, who’d told Stevens he should keep his views separate from his TV role, insisted his former employee wasn’t forced out.

“Scott advised me several months ago that he wouldn’t renew his contract so he could devote full time to this,” Fouch said. “He wants to get right at it.”

Stevens believes a little-known oversight in physical laws makes it possible to create and control storms using a Cold War-era weapon allegedly made by the Russians in 1976. The nine-year KPVI weatherman said he’s received 120,000 hits on his Web site in two days, now gets about 100 e-mails a day and has 15 radio bookings in the next five days.

“I needed more time to do everything that’s been put in front of me,” said Stevens, 39. “I have not been able to dedicate the 40 hours a week to this place.”

Earlier this week, scientists told the Idaho Falls Post Register the theory was bogus.

“It’s laughable to think it (Hurricane Katrina) could have been manmade,” said Rob Young, a hurricane expert at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.