Dubai has brought a whole new meaning to the term ‘making it rain’ as the United Arab Emirates has created its own rain system as temperatures reach extreme levels.
The country is using drones to create the rain by flying them into clouds which will then give the clouds an electric shock to ‘cajole them’ into clumping together and producing precipitation.
While this may all sound very ‘into the future’, it actually appears to be working and it could help tackle the severe dry weather that can be experienced in places such as Dubai.
The UAE has very low measures of annual rainfall and a video released by UAE’s National Center of Meteorology shows monsoon-like downpours across the country which create a sheet of rain on the highways.
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The country is currently in the middle of one of its summer heatwaves, with temperatures reaching 122F or 50 degrees Celcius, but the new drone technology has waterfalls coming from motorways as the rain continues.
The Center said the precipitation has been enhanced by a technique known as cloud seeding and its purpose is to increase condensation in the hope that it might trigger a downpour.
This is part of an ongoing $15million mission by UAE to bring rain to the country, which currently ranks among the world’s top 10 driest countries. This is due to the fact that rainfall averages at just four inches (10cm) a year.
Research for the drone technology was led by experts at the University of Reading in the UK.
Professor Maarten Ambaum, who worked on the special project, told the BBC earlier this year that the UAE has enough clouds to create conditions that allow for rainfall, it was just about getting the rain out of them.
This means that anytime a cloud is seen in the UAE, the drone is launched with hopes that the cloud seeding will produce rain, and usually it does!