Dubai has created artificial rain through cloud seeding to beat the heat as the temperature recorded 50C at a point.
The idea of creating fake rain through cloud seeding was proposed by UAE’s National Center of Meteorology.
The artificial rain was created using drone technology known as cloud seeding.
In cloud seeding, chemicals like silver iodide, potassium iodide and dry ice are sent to the atmosphere through helicopters, planes or drones. These particles attract the water vapour in the air which results in forming cumulonimbus clouds and finally rain.
It takes half-an-hour approximately to produce rainfall by this method. The time taken to generate rain depends on which portion of the cloud the chemicals are being injected into. Zapping the top layers gives the fastest results.
However, cloud seeding generates harmful effects such as acidification of the oceans, ozone layer depletion and an increase in the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Moreover, it can also affect the health of plants, humans and animals as silver is a harmful chemical.