Be careful what you wish for! Dubai floods after doing this

Torrential rains across the United Arab Emirates prompted flight cancellations, forced schools to shut and brought traffic to a standstill.

The heavy rains that caused widespread flooding across the desert nation stemmed partly from cloud seeding. The UAE started cloud seeding operations in 2002 to address water security issues, even though the lack of drainage in many areas can trigger flooding.

The UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) announced last month that it is looking for ways to develop the capability to analyze a cloud’s seeding potential, with even more scrutiny. The move will transform the way cloud seeding is done, with the hope of increasing rain volume from clouds.

Cloud seeding involves artificially generating rain by implanting clouds with particles. In the UAE, silver iodide is often used as the cloud-bursting catalyst (a yellow substance you might have handled in science class now and again).

n fact, the UAE cloud-seeding programme first started at the end of the 1990s and reportedly produces a minimum of 15 percent additional rainfall each year alone.

Why use cloud seeding?

Countries suffering from drought can benefit from cloud seeding and with the UAE being one of the most arid regions on earth, a little precipitation here and there is bound to reap the benefits: from national water security to crop growth support.

Today they saw the outcome of over-rigorous seeding after six applications. The runway looks like it’s in an ocean.