As the city of Dubai in the desert country United Arab Emirates fights with extreme heat with temperature soaring up to 50℃, the scientist have found new and creative ways to bring down the heat. Dubai has now resorted to using technology like drone and cloud seeding to bring fake rains to the financial capital of the UAE.
Now, Dubai will use drones which will create ‘shocks’ in the clouds in order to make them rain.
UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology has been researching on this endeavour and the government has funded more than $15 Million into the project. There main aim behind the project is to bring respite from the extreme heatwave that grapples the entire country every year. Adding to the misery is that the country receives only 100 mm or 4 inches of rain per year.
The project is being spearheaded by Prof Maarten Ambaum, who hails from the University of Reading in the UK.
Recently on 15th July they did a trial run of this new method and the Official UAE Weather’s Instagram page shared a video of the cars driving through in Dubai in heavy rains which helped in bringing the temperature down and provide relief to the city-dwellers. In addition to intense showers, flashes of lightning can be seen in the video as well.
From the video it can be concluded that the project has been successful, so much so that a yellow warning had to be issued in several parts of the country where the drones were deemed effective.
The technique which is being used by UAE to enhance precipitation is known as cloud seeding and has history as old as the 1940s. However, it is only recently that the technology has proven to be effective.
Reportedly, the technique using drones is preferred over other methods of cloud seeding as it uses electricity to cause rain rather than chemicals. Experts claim that the technology aims to create rain more efficiently within clouds and in the process, it triggers more water to come down and even help in alleviating the water problem.