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  • They could always just use HAARP

    /at least that's what my conspiracy raving cousin said
  • Duh. A nuke in a hurricane would only turn the wind radioactive.
  • You may as well try to stop a freight train with a bottle rocket.
  • What is it with this Nuke a Hurricane crap, detonating a Nuclear Weapon is NEVER a good idea fallout radiation sickness etc. just quit with the Nuke a Hurricane talk already.
  • Drink rat poison to cure a hangover.
  • It's article like this, written in response to S T U P I D questions like this, that have me worried about the future of mankind............

    / ya.... STUPID isn't big enough......
  • People just do not understand the scale and power of weather and several other natural events and disasters. For example, a run-of-the-mill four foot wave breaking on a beach releases the same amount of mechanical energy as a small tactical nuke. This is why some countries are working on harvesting wave energy to convert it to electricity.
  • Nuking a hurricane is like trying to kill everyone in northern Alaska using a single burst of machine gun fire. The destructive energy is impressive, but not so much when your target area is hundreds of miles across.
  • Someone actually demanded this, and we have to explain why it's a bad idea?
  • NO: We will not nuke hurricanes. And a US weather agency has responded to public pressure by explaining why.

    I admit, there's a significant number of people in this country who think there is NO problem that cannot be fixed by adding Jesus or bacon to it, but nukes? Really?
  • dragonchild: Nuking a hurricane is like trying to kill everyone in northern Alaska using a single burst of machine gun fire. The destructive energy is impressive, but not so much when your target area is hundreds of miles across.


    As a dorky engineer, I immediately started picturing a method of cooling the gun long enough to do the deed.
  • JackieRabbit: People just do not understand the scale and power of weather and several other natural events and disasters.

    So you're saying use more nukes?
  • Need a Dispenser Here: As a dorky engineer, I immediately started picturing a method of cooling the gun long enough to do the deed.

    just conduct your shooting in the winter. Why engineer something when nature has solved the problem for you? Silly engineer.
  • NutWrench: NO: We will not nuke hurricanes. And a US weather agency has responded to public pressure by explaining why.

    I admit, there's a significant number of people in this country who think there is NO problem that cannot be fixed by adding Jesus or bacon to it, but nukes? Really?


    So you're suggesting we should dump bacon into the hurricane instead? That's a huge sacrifice there.
  • Alphax: Duh. A nuke in a hurricane would only turn the wind radioactive.


    Only on SyFy.
  • The NOAA dude isn't thinking mad-science enough -- or, as a matter of public policy, isn't emphasizing the mad part enough. It's not so much that it couldn't be done as that it wouldn't be such a good idea.

    In the first place, surgically disrupting a hurricane may not even be possible (complex systems, lol), and attempting to do it might easily make the storm much worse. Risky experiment. But at present we wouldn't even really know how to go about it. It'd be like a chimp flinging poop to try to stop a bulldozer from demolishing the zoo enclosure. An impressive display, perhaps, but neither elegant nor likely productive.

    And in the second place, if it turns out that hurricanes can retaliate, we'd be farked.
  • Huh, I thought the "solution that is totally ineffective" du jour was spreading millions of barrels of oil on the ocean surface to cut off evaporation.
  • wxboy: Huh, I thought the "solution that is totally ineffective" du jour was spreading millions of barrels of oil on the ocean surface to cut off evaporation.

    That was just a passing fantasy at a BP marketing board meeting. You weren't expected to take it seriously.
  • I think the proponents of the idea are thinking of a different angle.

    Sure, a hurricane contains a lot of energy. A tremendous, phenomenal amount of energy even. All this energy is ordered in a specific pattern- a counter-clockwise spiral. I believe their intention is to disrupt the ordered system that the hurricane does its damage through.

    So, what of it? An electric shock doesn't need to completely destroy the mass of a person's body to kill them, just disturb the ordered electrical patterns that support life. Would the shock wave of a major detonation disrupt the wind patterns and "shock" a hurricane into a "dead" chaotic jumble of moist air?
  • LazarusLong42:
    So you're suggesting we should dump bacon into the hurricane instead? That's a huge sacrifice there.

    NO! NOT THE BACON!
  • Nuke it from orbit in a trilateral formation.
  • It would be absurd. All of the radioactive dust would get spread out by the outflow, and it would rain down over a huge area.
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