Making rain in Abu Dhabi

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    Jan 04, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    Can't create nothing from nothing--still need 30% humidity. But this would be a good start to reverse the expansion of the Sahara and the Gobi.
    http://www.arabianbusiness.com/abu-dhabi-backed-scientists-create-fake-rainstorms-in-11m-project-371038.htmlScientists working for the Abu Dhabi government created more than 50 rainstorms in Al Ain in July and August of 2010, during the peak of the emirate’s summer months.

    The rains are part of a secret $11m project, reportedly commissioned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, which used ionisers to generate storms, the UK’s Sunday Times said.

    It is thought to be the first time the team had produced man-made rain from otherwise clear skies.

    According to the report, scientists used large ionisers, which resemble lampshades, to generate fields of negatively charged particles. That in turn creates cloud formation, leading to rain.

    Over 122 days through the summer months, the emitters were switched on 74 times when atmospheric humidity reached the required level of 30 percent or more.

    During that time, Al AIn experienced rainfall on 52 occasions on days when the country’s own weather service had predicted no clouds and no rain.

    The fake storms went so far as to produce hail, wind gales and even lightning, baffling residents.
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    Awesome .. i like it
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    That's wild. And, if it really works why don't they do this all over the planet when there is a drought?
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    Jan 04, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    wander2340 saidThat's wild. And, if it really works why don't they do this all over the planet when there is a drought?


    ?? how could there be a drouhgt all over the planet though??? And dont you need to be near the ocean to do this?
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    Jan 04, 2011 4:41 AM GMT
    wander2340 saidThat's wild. And, if it really works why don't they do this all over the planet when there is a drought?


    This is probably not a good thing...

    The issue is that clouds that pass over these desert lands do not precipitate rain because the land is flat. So the clouds flow on to somewhere else where they will eventually condense into rain. If you harvest the rain in one place you are taking the rain away in another place (i.e. the mountains of ethopia?)

    Even is they are making rain from moisture in clear skys, that water in the sky is probably on its way else where to later become a cloud.



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    Jan 04, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    so it is true, Cobra Commander is secretly working on the Weather Dominator



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    Jan 04, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    cturtle said
    wander2340 saidThat's wild. And, if it really works why don't they do this all over the planet when there is a drought?


    This is probably not a good thing...

    The issue is that clouds that pass over these desert lands do not precipitate rain because the land is flat. So the clouds flow on to somewhere else where they will eventually condense into rain. If you harvest the rain in one place you are taking the rain away in another place (i.e. the mountains of ethopia?)

    Even is they are making rain from moisture in clear skys, that water in the sky is probably on its way else where to later become a cloud.





    on a more serious note, I agree it may cause wars like building a dam in a river that's flowing into another country
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    Jan 04, 2011 7:42 AM GMT
    This technology, called cloud seeding, is already regularly used here in Beijing to clean up the air in the summer time and was employed to improve air quality leading up to the Olympic Games.
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    Jan 04, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidThis technology, called cloud seeding, is already regularly used here in Beijing to clean up the air in the summer time and was employed to improve air quality leading up to the Olympic Games.


    that's a completly different tech bunjamon that was meant to prevent rainfall on Olympic locations by shooting silver iodide into clouds.

    this one CREATES rainfall clouds so heavy that it rains by negative ionization.. countries like UAE usually never have clouds and always sunny most of the year.