Dubai Weather Wizards Create Rain In Desert

Dubai Weather Wizards Create Rain In Desert

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By Peniel M. Dimberu
Singularity Hub
July 19, 2011

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Throughout history, mankind has strived to control the weather. Back in the day, you could sacrifice an animal or do a rain dance in an effort to win the favor of your god in hopes that he (or she) would provide some precipitation. Well soon, you may just need to call the scientists at Meteo Systems, a Swiss company developing a technology they’ve dubbed Weathertec. The idea is to erect giant ionizers wherever you’d like to have some rain. If the ambient humidity in the area reaches the required minimum of 30%, then you turn the ionizers on and start pumping electrons into the atmosphere. Assuming that you have high temperatures, the electrons will rise with the heat and water molecules will start condensing around them. At this point, you have clouds that will produce rain once they are dense enough. Simple right?! The jury is still out on this new technology, but at least you can skip the sacrifice!

The Weathertec system has been getting press since it was revealed that secret tests in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had met with some limited success. And not all of it has been good press. Many atmospheric scientists are skeptical of Meteo’s claims. And the company isn’t helping it’s cause at the moment as they are closely guarding the data from the tests in the UAE as well as the specifics of their technology. Until these two things are verified independently, we simply cannot know how well this idea works. And while it can’t be said with absolute certainty that the rainstorms produced in the desert weren’t of natural causes, the amount of precipitation that fell was definitely higher than the norm for that region. During the 4 months of summer there, ambient humidity reached 30% on 74 days and the ionizers were switched on. Fifty two times during those days, the area experienced rainfall despite there being no rain in the forecast. Does this mean Meteo Systems succeeded? That’s debatable.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first serious attempt to produce rain on demand. Chinese scientists were embarrassed in late 2009 when they used chemicals to “seed” clouds and produce rain in Beijing. What they didn’t expect was for air temperatures to fall suddenly and unleash snowstorms instead of rain! It seems that Mother Nature isn’t too keen on giving up her monopoly without a fight and perhaps we should learn some important lessons from the mishap in China. The following video of the Chinese weather modification results is modified from an original broadcast on Reuters.

Sure, being able to start a rainstorm at will would have some great upsides. It would substantially help us in fighting wildfires like those that have been ravaging Arizona for the past few weeks. Maybe it can even help minimize the chance of wildfires starting in the first place by creating enough moisture to keep shrubs and trees from igniting easily. And perhaps in combination with responsible water management and improved irrigation methods, they might help us avoid devastating famines that have led to some of the worst humanitarian crises throughout history. However, there could also be some real negative issues with weather modification. Clearly, there is only a limited amount of water in the atmosphere, estimated to be approximately 0.001% of the total water on the planet. Therefore, its reasonable to assume that removing this water from the atmosphere can have an impact on the global climate and disrupt natural weather patterns. If indeed this technology is proven to work, then there must be guidelines on it’s use. Sure, it’s another cool way for humans to master their environment. But we must exercise caution in doing so or we could end up doing more harm than good.



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Growth in population together with industrial, commercial and agricultural development is driving the need for increasing amounts of fresh water. Yet the world has no more spare rivers or untapped aquifers from which we can take the increasing supplies of fresh water we need and transport it economically to where it is needed. And desalinization is too expensive and energy intensive to be a practical solution for most of the world. Other than air, water is our most basic and vital natural resource. It sustains all other activities and is an essential foundation of economies, societies and human life. Only 2.5% of all the water on Earth — on or close to the surface — is freshwater, suitable for drinking and growing food. Nearly 70% of this water is locked in glaciers and ice caps. In fact, only a tiny percentage of the world’s existing fresh water is part of the water cycle, whereby water evaporates and rises into the atmosphere, then condenses and falls back to Earth as precipitation (rain, hail or snow). Most is water stored in glaciers, lakes and aquifers, accumulated over eons. Of course, most natural precipitation falls into oceans. Some precipitation runs off land to lakes and oceans, and some becomes groundwater, water that seeps into the earth. Much of the freshwater of the water cycle ends up in remote places like the Amazon, where few people now live.

Harvesting Atmospheric Humidity

Some 19% of global water is contained in the atmosphere as water vapor, and this potential supply of fresh water is increasing as the temperature of the earth also unfortunately increases. This means that the amount of water in the air to be mined as rain is actually increasing, so there is no danger of using up this huge airborne water storage bin. As noted above, however, very little of this huge supply of atmospheric water falls as precipitation in the right amounts and the right places. This is the challenge WEATHERTEC is addressing.

Finding Solutions

Since mankind can no longer take abundant supplies of fresh water for granted, our brightest minds, energy and resources must focus on finding solutions today. For our planet’s future, innovative plans and the most sophisticated technologies are needed both to tackle water shortages that lead to food crises, and to protect the environment by producing more clean, green hydro energy. Therefore, we have both the opportunity — and the moral obligation — to develop, use and invest in these solutions. WEATHERTEC™ is the new leading-edge technology to secure the future supply of freshwater in many areas of need. It also has other applications to reduce some of the most negative impacts of weather.



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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (Drought Maps)
National Climatic Data Center
National Drought Migration Center



  1. This is a very promising new technology. Imagine new generation solar cells with 80% efficiency, powering the ionization plants. Solar energy would be generating rain. At this stage of environmental awakening, the problem is not going to be not enough oversight or with lack of consideration of unexpected side-effects; based on the environmental blocks to other projects such as Atlantic wind farms and solar arrays in many regions it is more likely that there will be over-concern about consequences that are real but negligible when compared to the substantial benefits of supplying fresh water where there is none. Where we are now is over-caution at trying new technologies, combined with extremely destructive foot-dragging when it comes to retiring technologies that we already know are extremely toxic to the environment: carbon and nuclear-based “solutions.” Small real-world tests that prove the technology, like this one in Dubai, can in no way possibly have the negative consequences of the proven, ongoing negative effects of what we are already doing and know we have to stop.

  2. Seems to me I read in the Word of God that near the end of this AGE the deserts will bloom. Buckle up folks… it won’t be long now. Blessings Bob

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