Dubai uses technology to generate rain and combat heat

Chorao sang in the poems “Senhor do Tempo” by Charlie Brown Jr. This will be true in Dubai, at least if the singer works with technology from the National Center of Meteorology in the United Arab Emirates. With the help of planes and the dumping of chemicals, the scientists made the atmosphere “rain in the desert.”

Dubai desert in the United Arab Emirates

Imagine the scene: in the middle of summer, when the temperature easily reaches 50 degrees Celsius, torrential rain floods a busy highway in the Dubai area, causing difficult conditions for the flow of luxury cars that dot the place. Sudden waterfalls appear on the side of the road. You can stop fantasizing – the picture is real. Heavy rains caused waterfalls to appear in the city of Al Ain and worsened the traffic conditions, according to local newspapers.

According to the UAE National Center of Meteorology, rainfall in the city has been increased by cloud seeding operations to increase rainfall in the Gulf country. On Sunday, the UAE Meteorological Service published a video of heavy rain.

Cloud seeding operations are part of an ongoing mission to generate rain in the Middle Eastern country, which averages just four centimeters of precipitation.

Sow the rain to harvest the storm

a planting clouds It is a type of climate modification that seeks to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds. This is done by dispersing materials in the air that act as condensate clouds or an ice core – altering the micro-physical processes within the cloud, in order to increase precipitation.

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How Dubai is planting clouds today

The UAE is one of the first countries in the Persian Gulf region to use technology, with a sophisticated weather radar to monitor the country’s atmosphere 24 hours a day. Since 2010 the country has been striving to create artificial rain. The project cost $11 million and succeeded in creating storms in the deserts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

In 2014, a total of 187 missions were sent to clouds in the United Arab Emirates, with each aircraft taking about three hours to reach five to six clouds, at a cost of $3,000 per operation.

Manned aircraft release chemicals such as silver iodide into the clouds in order to cause precipitation. In an effort to stem the drop in the country’s groundwater level, the UAE invested $15 million in nine different rainfall projects in 2017.

Cloud seeding in Dubai in the future

A system soon to be tested in the United Arab Emirates uses drones to fire electrical charges into clouds and increase rainfall. The project is led by researchers at the University of Reading in England. Professor Martin Ambumbaum who is working on the project, I told BBC In March of this year, the UAE has enough clouds to create conditions favorable for rain.

The project wants to make water droplets merge when receiving an electrical pulse, like dry hair on a comb — “When the droplets merge and are big enough, they fall like rain,” Professor Ambumbaum explained in the interview. According to a report in a British newspaper, does not depend onIt is preferable to apply electric shocks to clouds where no chemicals are used. The technology should be implemented soon.

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