February will soon come to an end, and with it, the rain that we've seen on and off over the past month will likely come to an end, too.
Why do we have stretches of time that make us wish we brought our rain boots and raincoats to the UAE followed by months--eight or nine at a time--that are completely dry, though? It's not just climate change that's changing the weather patterns in the UAE, but rather, science.
The answer is cloud seeding: a process in which twin-propeller planes fire salt crystals into clouds that are determined as able to generate rain. Between January and March of 2016, 77 seeding operations took place in the country. This year, 56 seeding operations took place between January 1 and February 26, including ten in the past four days.
Only fluffy, cumulus clouds are injected, because flat clouds do not generate enough condensation to lead to precipitation. As of yesterday, almost every viable cloud in the country had been seeded-- explaining the abundance of rainfall over the past few weeks.
According to the Khaleej Times, "rainfall in the UAE has increased between 10-30 per cent over the past few years," though for now, it appears to be over for the season.
In the coming years, we can expect this trend of seeding to continue, as rain is one of the most important processes-- whether produced naturally or with a little help from technology.