Brits experimenting with corona powered aircraft to cause rain in miserable dry arab shithole
2021-07-22 at 12:01 PM UTCThe corona is electrical corona, not the fake flu virus thing.
They built a little drone with uses corona discharge (the same thing that makes the wind in home ionisers) to propel it, and flew it around inside a cloud. Apparently it works, but they're being cagey about exactly how well.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), with its harsh desert climate and average rainfall of just 10 cm a year, needs more fresh water. In search of a solution to this problem, they are funding scientific projects from around the world to make it rain.https://earth-chronicles.com/science/scientists-charge-clouds-with-electricity-to-cause-rain.html
One such project involves using catapults to launch small unmanned planes that electrically charge clouds.
A team of scientists from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom proposed the idea in 2017. Now the bespoke drones will soon begin testing near Dubai.
The idea is that charging water droplets in clouds will increase the likelihood that they will fall as rain.
“There has been a lot of speculation about what charging could do to cloud droplets, but there has been very little practical and detailed research,” says Carey Nicholl, one of the project’s principal investigators. The goal of the project is to determine whether the technology can increase rainfall in water-stressed regions.
Nicholl’s team began by modeling cloud behavior. They found that when cloud droplets have a positive or negative electrical charge, smaller droplets are more likely to merge and grow into larger raindrops.
The size of raindrops is important, Nicholl says, because in places like the UAE, where cloud cover is high and temperatures are high, droplets often evaporate as they fall.
“We’re trying to make the droplets inside the clouds big enough that when they fall out of the cloud, they will reach the ground surface,” Nicholl says.
The proposal was selected for a $1.5 million grant distributed over three years through the UAE Rain Enhancement Science Research Program, an initiative run by the National Center for Meteorology.
To test the model, Nicholl and her team built four aircraft with a two-meter wingspan. They launch from a catapult, are equipped with a full autopilot system and can fly for about 40 minutes.
Each aircraft is equipped with temperature, charge and humidity sensors, as well as charge emitters, which were developed with the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.
So far, tests have been conducted in the UK and Finland, and ground measurements of cloud properties have been conducted in the UAE. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.
The mirror is implying that it works bigly, but I don't trust that.
2021-07-22 at 12:21 PM UTCthey've been doing the same thing with ground-based stations for a while
I wonder how it affects rainfall in surrounding regions
2021-07-22 at 4:21 PM UTCthis is the real man made climate change.
and its going to fuck up the weather system as well.
look at the mega drought in the US and excessive percipitation in germany and china. when one place is missing its supply of water, other places get double.
and forcing rain to come down in places where they wouldnt normally is draining water supply from places that usually gets them.
the best way of getting rain onto the deserts is to pump billions of gallons of sea water onto the hot desert sands and let the sun evaporate them. natural desalination.
2021-07-22 at 4:54 PM UTCjust make more water
2021-08-05 at 1:08 PM UTCJust buy an umbrella, problem solved...get one of those fold away ones so it's easy to carry when not raining or when the corona drones aren't flying.