Drone expertise is getting used within the United Arab Emirates to create extra rain (Image: College of Studying/UAE Nationwide Centre of Meteorology)
Dubai has been drenched by heavy downpours, brought on partially by cloud-seeding tasks that are creating ‘enhanced rain.’
The United Arab Emirates metropolis has been present process a sweltering summer season with temperatures frequently surpassing 50C.
In response the UAE’s Nationwide Heart of Meteorology is trialing utilizing drone expertise which unleashes electrical costs into clouds, prompting them to clump collectively and type precipitation.
The NCM has shared footage of monsoon-like showers drenching roads and sparking flashes of lightening.
They are saying cloud-seeding has performed an element in creating extra rainfall in a rustic that sometimes solely sees 4 inches a yr, far lower than the 33 inches normally seen within the UK.
The National reported that the rain and robust winds reduce visibility on roads and created tough driving circumstances.
Residents have been warned that extra unsettled climate is probably going as they rejoice Eid Al Adha this week.
Cloud seeding is one among 9 totally different rain-making tasks getting used within the UAE since 2017.
Different strategies contain dropping salt or different chemical compounds into clouds to encourage precipitation.
Some research have proven that it could possibly enhance rainfall by as much as 35% though different teachers query its effectiveness.
Cloud seeding has additionally been in utilized in different drought-prone nations together with China and India.
It can be used to stop rainfall, and cease potential flooding, as seen in Jakarta, Indonesia, final yr.
The rain made driving tough (Image: UAE Nationwide Centre of Meteorology)
The rain and robust winds reduce visibility on roads (Image: UAE Nationwide Centre of Meteorology)
Prof Maarten Ambaum, from the College of Studying, has been engaged on one of many tasks within the UAE.
He informed the BBC earlier this yr that the UAE has sufficient clouds to create circumstances which permit for rainfall.
The expertise works ‘like dry hair to a comb’ because it makes use of a drone to launch electrical costs into the clouds, which helps the water droplets to merge and stick collectively to type precipitation, he mentioned.
‘When the drops merge and are sufficiently big, they may fall as rain,’ Professor Ambaum added.
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