February 28, 2017
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Why was it raining so much in Dubai in the last few days?

We’re sure you’ve noticed the downpour in the past few days, when normally at this time of the year, the weather is fair, and the sky is bright and sunny.

If you’re wondering why this is happening, there’s a fairly good explanation.

The answer is because The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has been carrying out cloud seeding operations all across the country from January 2017.

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What is cloud seeding?

In case you don’t remember your middle school Science lectures, cloud seeding is a weather modification procedure in which chemical particles, normally silver iodide, potassium iodide and dry ice, are sprayed on the clouds by manual means. The NCMS sets up tubes of sodium chloride (YES, GOOD OLD-FASHIONED SALT!) and potassium on planes and distributes them as the plane flies.

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Afterwards, these particles serve as a nuclei, or seed, on which water and ice crystals bind themselves, hence the term cloud seeding. Now, we know what happens when water and ice crystals condense and become really heavy: eventual rainfall.

Cloud seeding is a weather modification procedure in which chemical particles, normally silver iodide, potassium iodide and dry ice, are sprayed on the clouds by manual means.

Why is the NCMS doing this?

As we all know, summer will be upon us soon. During the summer months, extreme heat evaporates much of the country’s water reserves. Cloud seeding helps normalize water levels to avoid drought or water shortage.

No word yet if more cloud seeding operations will be carried out, but bring an umbrella or extra cab money just to be sure!

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