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Flooding in Dubai: evidence points to the real deal, not artificial rain

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2024

When Dubai got a year’s worth of rain in a single day last week, causing severe flooding, many early reports suggested humanmade “cloud seeding” was to blame. One of the world’s most artificial places, flooded by a rainstorm of its own creation?

The rain and the flooding was all too real. But the cloud seeding connection was not. Though Dubai has indeed dabbled in artificial rainmaking, it can’t do anything on this scale. That’s according to Richard Washington. He explains how rainmaking works and writes about his time flying a cloud-seeding Learjet through thunderclouds. He says a “perfect storm” converged over Dubai – and it was far too big to be artificial.

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