UAE Rain: Cloud Seeding Efforts Lead to Showers Across the Country
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UAE Rain: Cloud Seeding Efforts Lead to Showers Across the Country

The UAE has been experiencing rainy weather conditions since Thursday night. These are the result of the country’s cloud seeding efforts. Learn more below.

The UAE has been experiencing rainy weather conditions since Thursday night, with dark clouds, thunder, lightning, strong winds and light to heavy rain showers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ajman. These are the result of the country’s cloud seeding efforts which help create artificial rain. According to a report in the Gulf News, a National Center of Meteorology (NCM) official said the UAE sent five cloud seeding flights on Thursday, 9th January, around 5-6 pm. He said this was done as clouds containing rain particles were already moving in this direction and cloud seeding efforts would continue so the weathermen were continuously on standby.

The UAE has been conducting cloud seeding operations since over a decade in order to enhance rainfall in the country and bring down temperatures. The process involves sending flights to shoot salt flares into clouds. This improves the chances of receiving rainfall by 15 to 20 percent.

The NCM has issued an alert for unstable weather conditions over the weekend, saying they are the result of an upper air trough from the west, accompanied by a cold air mass with a surface trough from the Red Sea. Rain will fall over the UAE till Saturday night after which the situation is expected to calm down. However, according to the forecast, temperatures will remain low and there will be some scattered rain showers on Sunday as well.

With rain lashing parts of Dubai, those who are travelling have been asked to plan their journey ahead. Dubai Airports issued an advisory for travellers via an official tweet, which read, “Advisory: Heavy rainfall is expected tonight and may cause flight delays and road congestion. Customers travelling tonight or tomorrow morning are advised to leave extra time to reach the airport and to check their flight status on http://dubaiairports.ae or airline websites.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.

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