Thursday, August 5, 2021

Dubai creates fake rain to fight the heat

DUBAI – With temperatures that can go beyond 50 ° C, United Arab Emirates (UAE) had to turn to technology to combat heat waves. The Middle Eastern country has funded a project in which drones have the capacity to influence and control the weather, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.

The drones send an electrical charge up into the sky which then charges the droplets in the clouds, which makes the drops more likely to fall as rain, scientists say. The UAE is one of the driest countries on earth, but they hope this technique can help increase annual precipitation. The country has contributed $ 15 million for 9 different projects, which were in part created by the University of Reading in the UK. The drone appears to be effective. A video released by the UAE’s National Meteorological Center shows showers similar to those of a monsoon in all the countries.

Several videos were shared on the UAE’s official weather Instagram account (@officialuaeweather) to demonstrate the success of the drones. But they may have worked a little too well: Weather warnings have been issued in parts of the country.

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