With heat reaching 50 ° C Dubai created fake rain with the help of drones, these are responsible for hitting the clouds with electricity, thus forcing the water droplets fall as rain so that the temperature can decrease.
Dubai creates fake rain to combat scorching 50°C heat
Dubai’s government is paying scientists to make it rain, after the city experienced scorching 50C temperatures.
In an attempt to tackle extreme weather conditions and increase rainfall from the shocking average of four inches per year in the UAE, officials have enlisted the help of innovative technology to make this possible.
In 2017, the UAE invested a whopping $15 million in nine rain generation projects to create artificial rain.
University of Reading researcher Professor Maarten Ambaum worked on the fascinating project: he explained how the aim of the project was to fuse water droplets through electrical pulses. “When the droplets fuse and are big enough, they will fall as rain,” he told the BBC.
Using the power of the drones, the enhanced rain “releases electrical charges in the clouds so that they clump together and form precipitation.”
In short, the drones hit the clouds with electricity, which will force the water droplets to fall as rain. In this way, no chemicals are needed and it is said to be more environmentally friendly.
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In recent videos circulating online, Dubai is an unexpected sight. The city is being lashed by torrential rains through cloud seeding efforts, so much so that it is creating dangerous driving conditions.
The success of the drones has even prompted yellow weather warnings in parts of the country where the new technology has been tested.