Freak UAE rain showers manmade

Scientists carry out tests to induce artificial rain by sprinkling cloud seeding salts in moist clouds.
Freak UAE rain showers manmade
By Dylan Bowman
Wed 07 May 2008 12:19 PM

Many UAE motorists making their way home on Tuesday would have put the dark skies and light rain down to just a freak occurrence, but in fact the unseasonably bad weather could have been manmade as scientists were carrying out tests to induce artificial rain.

The Meteorological Department at the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) used aircraft to sprinkle cloud seeding salts in moist clouds heading towards Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain, reported state news agency Wam.

The monitoring stations subsequently registered light to medium rainfalls in different areas of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Wam said.

Motorists could be in for more bad weather as scientists planning to repeat the tests again on Wednesday, according to the news agency.

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