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UAE to test cloud-busting drones to boost rainfall.


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The drones will be tested in the next couple of weeks near Dubai
Drones that fly into clouds, giving them an electric shock to "cajole them" into producing rain, are about to be tested in the United Arab Emirates.
the team look at the drone

The country already uses cloud-seeding technology, dropping salt to encourage precipitation.
But with average rainfall in the UAE at just 100mm per year, the country wants to generate more.
In 2017, the government provided $15m (£10.8m) for nine different rain-enhancement projects.
Scientists at the University of Reading are heading one of them.
Dubai cityscape with desert in front

Dubai has very little rainfall each year and the water table is sinking
The project aims to change the balance of electrical charge on cloud droplets, explained Prof Maarten Ambaum, who worked on the project.
"The water table is sinking drastically in [the] UAE and the purpose of this is to try to help with rainfall," he told the BBC.
The country does, though, "have plenty of clouds", so the plan is to persuade the water droplets in them to merge and stick together, "like dry hair to a comb" when it meets static electricity, he said.
"When the drops merge and are big enough, they will fall as rain."
Alya Al-Mazroui, director of the UAE's rain-enhancement science-research program, told Arab News: "Equipped with a payload of electric-charge emission instruments and customised sensors, these drones will fly at low altitudes and deliver an electric charge to air molecules, which should encourage precipitation."
The study will then be evaluated, with the hope of more funding for a larger aircraft to deliver the payload in future.

Wishaaq Hussain

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And their actions of cloud seeding is lessening the monsoon season in India which is having an impact on farming.
No one should be allowed to upset the intricacies of weather patterns!
Perhaps humans shouldn't continue to inhabit areas that are not conducive to life instead of forcing nature to comply to their will. This just isn't the best idea.
Why don't we just nuke the planet now and get it over and done with, human actions will play a hugely significant role in our extinction because we do not listen, why prolong the inevitable. Even if manipulating weather systems don't tip us over the edge AI will most certainly destroy humanity at some point.
This is not a good idea. Weather patterns are a global system. If you change something in one area, it will affect patterns in other parts of the world.