Artificial Rain: This month, the Delhi government plans to use cloud seeding to create artificial rain in an effort to reduce the city’s excessive air pollution. On November 8, Environment Minister Gopal Rai met with an IIT Kanpur team to discuss the possibility of creating artificial rainfall in the city. After the meeting, Rai said that artificial rainfall could occur in Delhi on November 20–21 if there is cloud cover. It’s a novel way to deal with the capital’s Air Quality Index (AQI) issues.
Artificial Rain Benefits
- Clearing the atmosphere: Particulate matter and other air pollutants can be reduced by precipitation that is created via cloud seeding. Raindrops remove airborne particulates from the atmosphere by capturing and washing them out.
- Reduction of Airborne Pollutants: Because artificial rain removes pollutants from the atmosphere and deposits them on the ground, it can help lower the concentration of pollutants such as smoke, dust, and chemicals.
- Mitigating Smog and Haze: Urban air quality may benefit from cloud seeding’s ability to remove haze and pollution, which will make the air clearer and more breathable.
- Controlling Forest Fires: Cloud seeding can be used to provide rainfall and assist in putting out wildfires in areas where they are likely to occur, thereby limiting the amount of smoke and pollutants released into the atmosphere.
- Agricultural Benefits: In addition, artificial rain can help agriculture by giving crops the much-needed moisture. This can lessen the amount of irrigation water needed, which can contribute to pollution because farming uses chemicals.
Understanding Cloud Seeding
Cloud seeding, another name for artificial rain, is a method of modifying the weather in which materials are added to clouds to promote precipitation. When it comes to rain-induced cloud seeding, common materials such as potassium or silver iodide are deposited into the clouds by aircraft or helicopters. These particles act as the nuclei around which droplets of water can eventually form, giving rise to raindrops.
Quick and Efficient Procedure
The procedure usually takes 30 minutes or less, but certain weather conditions, including the existence of clouds that are heavy with moisture and the right kind of wind, are necessary for it to be successful. The objective is to mitigate drought conditions or increase precipitation in particular regions. It’s an interesting technique for managing water resources, the environment, or agriculture by influencing weather patterns.