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Rainmaking in Middle Eastern Desert : Success or Scam ?

LiveScience (January 04, 2011)

Rainmaking in Middle Eastern Desert : Success or Scam ?

LiveScience (January 04, 2011)

Fifty-two unanticipated rain showers in a Middle Eastern desert supposedly occurred because of ionizing devices installed in Abu Dhabi as part of a weather-modification project, a company is claiming.

The still-unproven rainmaking effort comes courtesy of Meteo Systems of Switzerland. The company and some of the researchers involved in the project are hoping to gather enough experimental proof to overcome widespread skepticism among scientists toward such weather modification efforts.

The ionizers look like poles extending 33 feet (10 meters) into the air, with an ionization grid just a few meters wide. Each uses 500 watts of electrical power, or less than what you use turning on an electric stove

Scientists not involved in the desert-rain project seemed mostly pessimistic about the idea of artificially coaxed raindrops.

by Jeremy Hsu and Jeanna Bryner

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