Kicker - Making rain in the desert
WORLD Radio - Kicker - Making rain in the desert
Scientists in the UAE come up with a unique solution to their country’s perpetually dry conditions
PAUL BUTLER, HOST: August means hot and dry in many places.
It’s like that a lot in the United Arab Emirates. It gets about 4 inches of rain a year. That’s it.
But a new high-tech solution to chronic drought may be in the offing: drones that zap clouds with lasers.
Last month, the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology posted videos online showing heavy rainfall. The agency said it basically electrocuted the air into rain: lasers charge water vapor with electricity that in turn creates water droplets which then promote rain.
REICHARD: Does that rain fall mainly in the plain?
Cloud seeding’s been around for years, but this process is different.
REICHARD: Could it be something new under the sun?
Nope. Clouds already make rain.
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