The government has chosen to take control of the hot heat in Dubai, which often exceeds 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
Scientists in the United Arab Emirates are making it rain – artificially — by manipulating the weather with electrical charges from drones and forcing rainfall throughout the dry nation. This week, meteorological officials published video footage of a rainstorm in Ras al Khaimah and other parts of the UAE.
The new cloud seeding technology has the potential to help alleviate drought conditions around the world while posing fewer environmental issues than prior methods employing salt flares.
The United Arab Emirates receives approximately 4 inches of rain per year. The government hopes that zapping clouds to generate rain on a regular basis will help to mitigate some of the country’s yearly heat waves.
Scientists manufactured the storms using drones that hit clouds with electricity, causing huge raindrops, according to research from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. In the hot country, where tiny droplets evaporate before reaching the ground, the larger rains are crucial.
“It’s moving to think that the rainfall technology I saw today, which is still being developed, might someday support countries in water-scarce environments like the UAE,” Mansoor Abulhoul, the UAE’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, said during a visit to the University of Reading in May, where he was shown demonstrations of the new technology.
It was announced in 2017 that academics at the university had received $1.5 million in funding for what they call “Rain Enhancement Science,” which is also known as “man-made rainstorms.” The United Arab Emirates has invested a total of $15 million on rain-making projects as part of the country’s “search to assure water security.”
“The water table is dropping dramatically in the United Arab Emirates,” Maarten Ambaum, a professor of meteorology at the University of Reading, told BBC News. “And the objective of this is to attempt to assist with rainfall,” says the narrator.
According to the National Center of Meteorology, the United Arab Emirates is one of the first countries in the Gulf region to employ cloud seeding technology. As reported by The Scientific American, at least eight states in the western United States have adopted a variant of the notion in some form.