Dubai making its own rain to beat 120-degree heat

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That’s one way to beat the heat!

Officials in Dubai are using drones to artificially increase rainfall as the city grapples with oppressive heat, video this week shows.

The rainmaking technology, known as “cloud seeding,” was put into use as summer temperatures have surged past 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the United Arab Emirates city, the Independent reported.

Experts have said the technology aims to make rain form more efficiently inside clouds and in doing so, make more water come down.

Drones are used to shoot electrical charges into clouds, causing them to clump together and trigger more rainfall.

Footage shared on Sunday by the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology showed the intense showers flooding roads in addition to flashes of lightning.

A drone carrying an electric charge is tested in the UK
The technology works by having drones shoot electrical charges into clouds.
University of Bath

Rainmaking has become common in dry countries such as the United Arab Emirates, which typically only records four inches of rain a year, the Independent reported.

“The global water shortage is worsening in many parts of the world, so the demand for fresh water is increasing,” said Linda Zou, a professor at the UAE’s Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

Rain in the UAE which comes from cloud seeding
Rainmaking has become common in dry countries such as the United Arab Emirates.
National Center of Meteorology

“Cloud seeding could be one of the methods that can contribute to alleviating the water problem.”

With Post wires

A pilot and a United Arab Emirates (UAE) official from the national center for meteorology and seismology check salt flares attached to a plane that is fired into a promising cloud to increase condensation and hopefully trigger rainfall.
A pilot and a United Arab Emirates (UAE) official from the national center for meteorology and seismology check salt flares attached to a plane that is fired into a promising cloud to increase condensation and hopefully trigger rainfall.
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