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UAE rains: Cloud seeding likely to bring in more showers

Team KT/Abu Dhabi
Filed on February 21, 2021 | Last updated on February 21, 2021 at 11.06 am
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NCM has predicted rains in some areas, with an increase in temperature.

After seven days of being engulfed under a thick blanket of fog, UAE residents were greeted with overcast skies on Saturday, signalling the start of UAE’s most favourite rainy season.

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) reported rains over Ruwais, Umm Al Ashtan, Jebel Dhanna, Baniyas, Zirku Island and Arzanah Island. The NCM has forecast rains for the weekend. It used cloud seeding hashtag as it alerted residents about the rains on social media.

UAE rains: Cloud seeding likely to bring in more showers (https://www.khaleejtimes.com/assets/png/KT27905221.PNG)

In its five-day forecast, the NCM has predicted rains in some areas, with an increase in temperature.

UAE rains: Cloud seeding likely to bring in more showers (https://www.khaleejtimes.com/assets/png/KT27906221.PNG)

With an average rainfall of 100mm per year, the UAE is ranked among the water-stressed countries. Its ambitious rain enhancement programme aims to increase the annual precipitation levels to boost groundwater resources.

Cloud seeding operations rely on a sophisticated network of radars that monitor the country’s atmosphere around the clock.

A team of pilots and technicians based at the NCM’s dedicated operations room analyse this data and carry out cloud seeding operations if they detect seedable clouds.

reporters@khaleejtimes.com





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