We have to realize that weather has influenced and shaped humanity in every conceivable way. The weather has influenced language, how people built their houses, what they ate, and the way that they dressed for centuries. And it's not inconceivable that people throughout history have tried, or at least thought about, controlling the weather.
Only with the technological advancements brought on in recent decades did we actually begin to tap into this Bond villain-like superpower. However, we still don't know all the ins and outs of weather, let alone enough to control it. But regardless of this, people have tried on many occasions to do it to the best of their abilities.