Abu Dhabi-backed scientists create fake rainstorms in $11m project

Government-backed project uses ionisers to create rain in Al Ain during summer heat

JHW

It is so sad that so many people have only negative things to say about such a wonderful achievement. Any thing new must be a disaster of some sort. Oh, that an age such as this will soon die!

I wish to congratulate all who are responsible for this achievement and encourage them to continue development. May they create a cloudburst every time they try.

WalterC

There are more basic fundamental long term actions that should be taken to create the right environmental condition to sustain life in areas undergoing desertification. These basic principles if applied consistently will also on long periods reverse desert conditions. From my own observations detrimental actions by men as caused desertification in many regions of the world and these are ever expanding. Given back the right conditions rains will return. Presently certain management practices in Al Ain are adversely working against what these rain makers are trying to achieve!

RWR

There was nothing "fake" about the storms. "Fake rain" is when you spray water into the air and call it rain as happens on a sound stage for movies. These were weather events caused by direct human intervention. Scientists manipulated natural factors to achieve a desired result.

Experiments on weather modification funded by the President's Private Department have been going on since at least 2000. There are papers available online regarding earlier experiments on the site of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. Google NCAR UAE.

Please use appropriate language instead of trying to sensationalize this by calling it "fake".

Sandpiper

What is the point of making a few drops of rain when the temperatures are in the 40's, it will evaporate the moment it touches the searing sand. Given the climate in this region, and the lowest water reserves in the world, we will just have to rely on expensive desalination, and turn a blind eye to the environmental impacts.

Jim

After nearly 60 years of experimenting with this around the world it has still not been proven to work, some scientists believe that it can have dangerous environmental side effects. I agree that unless the rainfall was extremely heavy in an ultra hot region like the UAE it is likely, as with normal rainfall there, that the water would evaporate either before it hit the ground or shortly thereafter.

Jebel Ali Baba

Just because you don't get it it doesn't mean it is senseless.

Al Ain area actually has water reservoirs, water distribution systems and even natural ground water. The seeded clouds don't rain in the desert but the close by mountains. From there the natural water is getting distributed.

Desalinated water is a pest to the environment. It is generated together with the power production but the salty remains are led back into the Gulf leading to a higher and higher salination.

So every drop of natural rainwater is precious to this region and its people.

Johnnie

(Professor Hartmut Grassl, a former institute director, told the paper that ?there are many applications. One is getting water into a dry area. Maybe this is a most important point for mankind.?)

This will indeed be one of the most important points in mankind. I honestly wonder if this will be a positive point though. We are on shaky grounds whenever atmosphere is concerned.

Mo_Bay

When Science fails, then there is only God.

ND

"Fake" rain was already done in Dubai in summer 2008. I saw it, it was in the morning around 7h30am/8am.

Simon

This technology is not new. The USA/Russia and China have been experimenting in this since the 1960's. These nations are leaps and bounds ahead of what is described in the article. However, like ALL experiments that produce a result the Military always look for ways to use it as a weapon.

If you say "what rubbish" to the above...then you do not believe the results of the UAE experiment or you do not have the vision to cast your mind a few years ahead of this technology...which is where the USA/Russia and China are.

I am 100% confident the UAE has no intentions of 'Militarising' the above technology and would look to use it for the good of the nation. Superpowers on the other hand I am way more cynical of. War makes money, Droughts make money, Disasters make money...for the suppliers of 'product'.

Jean-Baptiste

Although cloud seeding has been used for decades, this particular system seems a first.

Ground- or air-based cloud seeding is only able to precipitate water out of existing clouds.

This system claims working in blue sky with 30% humidity. It would be the first time a ground-based seeding is able to agglomerate the humidity in the air enough to reach more that 100% and generate liquid water.

I hope it's real and uses low energy. It if works, that will really be a breakthrough for many dry places.

Raj

Interesting! I read a contrasting article the other day of the rulers offering prayers for rain. Whats that about?

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