Could Cloud Seeding Solve Costa Rica’s Drought?

By Rico

In the blazing sunshine at Al-Ain airport, a twin-propeller Beechcraft stands ready to fly into action at a moment's notice on a cloud-seeding mission (pictured above). The plane is armed with an array of salt flares which are fired into a promising clouds to increase condensation and hopefully trigger a downpour

In the blazing sunshine at Al-Ain airport, a twin-propeller Beechcraft stands ready to fly into action at a moment’s notice on a cloud-seeding mission (pictured above). The plane is armed with an array of salt flares which are fired into a promising clouds to increase condensation and hopefully trigger a downpour

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica is going through one of the worst droughts in history.  Much less rain that normal has fallen in the Central Valley this year, in Liberia, Guancaste, it is going through the driest period since 1937.

Despite the rain of the last couple of days over the Central Valley, the national weather service – the Institutio Metereologico Nacional (IMN) – assures us that it will be short lived, back to little rain by the middle of September.

Maybe Costa Rica can take some lessons from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which has one of the 10 driest climates in the world.  It hopes the controversial technique of cloud seeding could help to increase its meagre annual rainfall, trying to squeeze every last drop of rain from its clouds by launching salt missiles into them from planes.

According to cloud seeders the process doesn’t actually create the weather it can … continue reading

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