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Cloud-seeding main cause for heavy rainfall in UAE

A meteorologist with the nation’s forecaster says cloud seeding operations over the UAE played a part in last month’s record rainfall.

Between January and the end of March, Sufian Farrah, a meteorologist and cloud seeding expert at the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, said 77 seeding operations took place – more than three times as many as during the same period last year.

“We covered most of the available clouds in the country, so the rainfall increased,” he said.

While it was not possible to determine the precise success rate of operations, Mr Farrah said the increase contributed to greater amounts of rainfall than under normal conditions.

Only clouds that are expected to generate rain would be targeted, he said.

“Even if we didn’t carry out any operations it would rain, but the objective of cloud seeding is rain enhancement, and most of the clouds that are subject to seeding will generate rain,” he said.

Courtesy: The National

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