By Lubna Hamdan
Rainfall will increase by 15-25 percent in the UAE according to a plan by the NCM
UAE residents can expect more rainfall in the coming days, as the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) continues its cloud seeding operations, with five having already taken place in the past 48 hours alone.
In 2019 so far, the centre has carried out 181 cloud seeding operations. It uses aircrafts to shoot salt flares into clouds that have rain droplets to enhance the chance of rainfall, which it aims to increase by 15-25 percent, the head of cloud seeding Khalid Al Obeidii told Khaleej Times.
Sunday saw heavy rainfall and storms take place across the UAE, with major tourism attractions such as The Dubai Mall experiencing flooding and temporary store closures.
Videos and images were widely distributed on social media showing people wading through stores on the mall’s ground floor, in the Fashion Avenue area. The country also experienced major traffic jams and waterlogged roads.
Some flights were also delayed at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports but resumed early on Monday morning.
However the weather bureau has warned UAE residents to remain cautious as more heavy winds, rainfall and storms are expected.
Last year, NCM introduced a ground generator on top of mountains in the Hafeet and Fujairah areas to shoot salt flares up to the clouds to increase the chances of rain.