Wednesday, July 21, 2021

"Dubai making its own rain to beat 120-degree heat "

The UAE has been a fan of cloud seeding for a while now, although doing it at 50 °C is pretty impressive.
There were some who wondered whether last week's Abu Dhabi floods were connected to the high-temperature rain-making. 

According to my favorite Mandarin interpreter there are similar questions being raised by Chinese netizens about the floods in Zhengzhou.

From the New York Post:

That’s one way to beat the heat!

Officials in Dubai are using drones to artificially increase rainfall as the city grapples with oppressive heat, video this week shows.

The rainmaking technology, known as “cloud seeding,” was put into use as summer temperatures have surged past 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the United Arab Emirates city, the Independent reported.

Experts have said the technology aims to make rain form more efficiently inside clouds and in doing so, make more water come down.

Drones are used to shoot electrical charges into clouds, causing them to clump together and trigger more rainfall.

Footage shared on Sunday by the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology showed the intense showers flooding roads in addition to flashes of lightning....


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