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Dubai makes fake rain to combat high temperatures

The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently created a fake rainfall to cool down the city amid high temperatures in the Arabic country.

Videos shared on social media by the UAE meteorological department showed a heavy downpour in Ras al Khaimah – the northern part of the country.

According to The Independent, the scientists used cloud seeding operation, which uses electrical charges to prompt rainfall.

The rainmaking technology relies on drones which release electrical charges into clouds, prompting them to combine and create rain.

The technology is highly favoured compared to other forms of cloud seeding because it uses electricity to generate rain rather than chemicals.

“What we are trying to do is to make the droplets inside the clouds big enough so that when they fall out of the cloud, they survive down to the surface,” meteorologist Keri Nicoll said in May.

The country receives an average of four inches of rain per year and summer temperatures that routinely surpass 120 degrees.

In 2017, UAE invested over Ksh1.6 billion in nine rainmaking projects to help the country’s falling water table.

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