Dubai Rain, Cloud Seeding, and Weather Wars By James Reed

There is controversy on the internet about whether or not Dubai's torrential rainfall was caused by cloud seeding. The mainstream view, predictably enough, says that it was not, while other critics see this as the start of possible weather wars. Johan Jaques, a senior meteorologist, sees cloud seeding as having the potential to cause severe disruption to weather patterns, that could become a national security issue: "The Dubai floods act as a stark warning of the unintended consequences we can unleash when we use such technology to alter the weather. Additionally, we have little control over the aftermath of cloud seeding. Where exactly is it going to be raining effectively? Using techniques such as cloud seeding to bring much-needed rainfall in one area can cause flash floods and droughts in another."

This could be a particularly dangerous practice if made in South East Asia, where two countries are armed with nukes. If millions of lives were lost from such activities, weather wars could occur, even if the nukes do not fly.

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"A leading weather expert has warned of "weather wars" between countries if cloud seeding gets out of hand. In a statement, Johan Jaques, a senior meteorologist at environmental technology company KISTERS, has warned if unintended consequences when technology is used to alter the weather. The comment comes as theories claiming Dubai's torrential rainfall was caused by cloud seeding are doing the rounds on the internet. The practice, in which planes inject clouds with chemicals, was introduced in the 1940s especially in areas with little rainfall, or in case of prolonged dry spell.

But several experts don't agree with the theory that cloud seeding was responsible, and the theory has caused a debate in the community.

Still, Mr Jaques thinks there could be diplomatic consequences and subsequent "weather wars" is cloud seeding is allowed to proliferate.

"Cloud seeding aims to enhance and accelerate the precipitation process. Especially in areas which have not seen any rain over a long time, such intense precipitation can lead to infiltration excess flow, with potential flash floods as a result," the meteorologist said in a statement, as per Newsweek.

"The Dubai floods act as a stark warning of the unintended consequences we can unleash when we use such technology to alter the weather. Additionally, we have little control over the aftermath of cloud seeding. Where exactly is it going to be raining effectively? Using techniques such as cloud seeding to bring much-needed rainfall in one area can cause flash floods and droughts in another," Mr Jaques further said.

There is no evidence to suggest that rain in Dubai was caused by cloud seeding. A UAE government agency that oversees the process has denied that any such operations took place before the storm." 

 

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