My friend just got back from Dubai last night, and was telling me about a freak thunderstorm in Dubai. Not a very long one, but one that mysteriously appeared on a very hot, dry and sunny afternoon. The weather cooled down considerably and some rain fell. A few minutes later, it was all gone and things were back to normal.
When you see something like this, you know the world is coming to an end; Why was it raining in May? And thunderstorms? This was a first for Dubai...
Well, that was Dubai's first experiment in 'artificial rain'. Yes, you heard right. Scientists used a complex process to spread seeding salts onto moist clouds, creating some sort of process to trigger rainfall.
If this isn't a sign that our final hour is nigh, I don't know what is. Humans are now controlling the weather. That's just very, very scary news.
Cloud seeding experiment has thundering success
By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
May 08, 2008
Al Ain: Tuesday's thunderstorm in the western and southern parts of the emirates was a result of a cloud seeding (artificial rain) test conducted by the weather authorities.
The storm produced intermittent rain in parts of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It was a surprising phenomenon in the late-spring month of May for the public and some weathermen.
An official of the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) on Wednesday confirmed the centre had carried out cloud seeding tests on clouds that came in from southern Saudi Arabia.
Residents and weathermen were baffled by the occurrence of thunderstorms in May.
"I was amazed to hear about a thunderstorm," said a weatherman requesting anonymity.
He said it was an unusual development of CB clouds, the clouds that generate thunderstorms, as most converge over the UAE in the winter, he added.
Abdullah Ahmad Al Mandoos, Executive Director of NCMS, said the cloud seeding test was successful and more experiments would be conducted in the next three months but depending on the weather conditions.
The NCMS director said Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, has played a vital role in the project and has provided a plane and other facilities for its implementation.
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