To counter the heat in the emirate, Dubai and their created artificial rains are coming to the rescueTo counter the heat in the emirate, Dubai and their created artificial rains are coming to the rescue. Officials in Dubai are using drones to artificially increase rainfall as the city grapples with oppressive heat, a video this week shows. The rainmaking technology, known as “cloud seeding,” was put into use as summer temperatures 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.
Rainmaking has become common in dry countries such as the United Arab Emirates, which typically only records four inches of rain a year, the Independent reported. “The global water shortage is worsening in many parts of the world, so the demand for freshwater is increasing,” said Linda Zou, a professor at the UAE’s Khalifa University of Science and Technology.
Dubai and their created rainfall, otherwise known as “cloud seeding” is one of the methods that can contribute to alleviating the water problem.
On Sunday, the UAE’s national weather service released video footage of the heavy downpours. Its cloud seeding operations are part of an ongoing mission to generate precipitation in the Middle East country, which has an average rainfall of just four inches.