Author: Scott Dance

This technology didn’t cause Dubai’s floods, scientists say. Here’s why.

Source(s): Washington Post, the

After nearly two years’ worth of rain flooded the Dubai region Tuesday, attention quickly shifted to cloud seeding and whether it could have been a factor in the deluge. The geoengineering technology has successfully produced rainfall over the arid United Arab Emirates in the past.


But scientists said the downpour was a product of weather patterns that meteorological models predicted as much as a week earlier. Climate research has shown that such intense precipitation across the Arabian Peninsula could become more frequent and extreme because of warming global temperatures.


Friederike Otto, a climate scientist at Imperial College London who leads a research effort to explore the role of climate change in extreme weather events, called any focus on cloud seeding in the floods “misleading.


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