FILE - This Aug. 19, 2011 file photo shows Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska. President Barack Obama on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 said he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Building a mountain to increase rainfall?

Yep, the headline is absolutely correct. The United Emirates is going to construct a mountain to increase chances for rainfall. You can read article here.  I believe this would be a monumental geological task to say the least. But just for arguments sake let’s say that they succeed in building a mountain. Is it possible to attract clouds and rain?  Well, the short answer is yes. Mountains tend to aid in cloud building because of the uplift created by the slope. This friction can change the wind direction upward causing a process called orographic lifting. Here is an example of…