Dubai says freak rain was caused by cloud-seeding drones

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The Independent reports that the United Arab Emirates has been abuzz with excitement over very unusual torrential rain that fell in the desert country for a few days around Monday, July 19.

On Twitter, the UAE's weather bureau hinted that much of this unseasonal downpour is due to its multi-million-dollar cloud seeding efforts.

One of the ways in which the UAE seeds clouds, is by using electricity-inducing drones. The drones were developed by the UAE and researchers from the University of Reading in England.

They get catapulted into the air and cruise through the sky, gathering weather data and giving a nudge to clouds in the form of an electrical charge.

The idea is that the electrical charge helps clump water droplets and other particles together to make new and bigger clouds that actually have a chance to generate much-needed precipitation.

This is important since the UAE typically receives only four inches, or 10 centimeters, of rain per year.

The idea is to make the droplets inside the clouds big enough so that when they fall out of the cloud, they survive down to the surface.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Zoom from global to UAE on global map, adding inset image of the Dubai skyline
2. Show torrential rain coming down around desert roads of UAE, streams of floodwater
3. Show special weather drone being launched and flying over UAE desert
4. Drone flying in clouds, pulsing electrical charge, electrical charge helping droplets clump together
5. Droplets clump together more and more, forming big water drop
6. Zoom out to show many drops forming inside cloud, then falling out of cloud

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The Independent reports that the United Arab Emirates has been abuzz with excitement over very unusual torrential rain that fell in the desert country for a few days around Monday, July 19."

"On Twitter, the UAE's weather bureau hinted that much of this unseasonal downpour is due to its multi-million-dollar cloud seeding efforts."

"One of the ways in which the UAE seeds clouds, is by using electricity-inducing drones. The drones were developed by the UAE and researchers from the University of Reading in England."

"They get catapulted into the air and cruise through the sky, gathering weather data and giving a nudge to clouds in the form of an electrical charge."

"The idea is that the electrical charge helps clump water droplets and other particles together to make new and bigger clouds that actually have a chance to generate much-needed precipitation."

"This is important since the UAE typically receives only four inches, or 10 centimeters, of rain per year."

"The idea is to make the droplets inside the clouds big enough so that when they fall out of the cloud, they survive down to the surface."


SOURCES: The Independent, USA Today, Newsweek, IFLScience.com
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/dubai-fake-rain-heat-b1887596.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/07/21/cloud-seeding-uae-artificial-rain-drones-electricity/8040330002/
https://www.newsweek.com/dubai-creates-fake-rain-using-drones-battle-122-degree-heat-1611887
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/fake-rain-the-uae-thanks-cloud-seeding-for-its-recent-rain-downpours/