Record rainfall in UAE triggers severe flooding and waterborne illness outbreak

Record rainfall in UAE triggers severe flooding and waterborne illness outbreak

On April 16, 2024, the United Arab Emirates experienced a historic weather event, receiving a year’s worth of rainfall in just 12 hours, leading to severe flooding across the nation, including disruptions at Dubai’s major international airport. Following the floods, health concerns have risen due to water contamination that has reportedly sickened residents with symptoms linked to contaminated water.

Historic rainfall in UAE results in major flooding, traffic chaos in Dubai

Historic rainfall in UAE results in major flooding, traffic chaos in Dubai

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the UAE was struck by an exceptional weather event, with record-breaking rainfall reaching up to 254.8 mm (10 inches) in Al Ain, surpassing the country’s annual average in less than 24 hours. The National Centre of Meteorology (NMC) issued a red alert as the rains caused significant flooding, traffic disruptions, and at least one death in Dubai. This severe weather follows similar impacts in neighboring Oman, where 19 fatalities were reported.

Intense hailstorms hit UAE after cloud seeding operations

Intense hailstorms hit UAE after cloud seeding operations

Heavy rain accompanied by lightning and intense hailstorms hit the city of Al Ain and other parts of UAE on the morning of February 12, 2024, causing impressive hail accumulations. This is reportedly the strongest hailstorm Al Ain has seen in 40 years. It comes after NMC conducted a series of cloud seeding flights.

Rare waterspout forms off Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Rare waterspout forms off Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

A rare waterspout for the region formed off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates on the morning of October 27, 2021. While waterspouts are rare in the UAE, they can occur when the weather conditions are right, and several of them have been recorded before off…

34-car pile-up accident after dust storm hits Dubai, UAE

34-car pile-up accident after dust storm hits Dubai, UAE

A car accident involving 34 vehicles took place in Dubai, UAE on Monday, May 3, 2021. The dust storm is affecting most parts of the country. The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has issued a code yellow dust storm alert. According to Dubai Police, the accident…

Severe thunderstorms, rain and hail hit Dubai, UAE

Severe thunderstorms, rain and hail hit Dubai, UAE

Severe thunderstorm, described as one of the biggest of the year, struck Dubai, UAE on Saturday night, March 21, 2020. The event was accompanied by heavy rain and hail, an unusual sight for the desert city. The event gained mixed reactions from many residents, who…

UAE: Research underway to help make artificial clouds

UAE: Research underway to help make artificial clouds

Research is now underway to help make artificial clouds as a new method of generating rainfall in the UAE, said National Center of Meteorology (NCM) director Dr. Omar Al Yazeedi on January 19, 2020. Speaking at the International Rain Enhancement Forum in Abu Dhabi…

Snow blankets UAE’s highest peak Jebel Jais amid week of severe weather

Snow blankets UAE’s highest peak Jebel Jais amid week of severe weather

Snow almost entirely covered Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates, on January 15, 2020, as temperatures hit -1 °C (30.2 °F) during the country's week-long stretch of severe weather, including heavy downpour, hailstorms, and…

Temperatures drop as heavy rain and hailstorm hit parts of UAE

Temperatures drop as heavy rain and hailstorm hit parts of UAE

​Residents saw moderate to heavy rainfall in parts of the United Arab Emirates, as well as a hailstorm in Ras Al Khaimah on November 10, 2019. Temperatures also dropped significantly throughout the country. Hails in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah crashed…