Can you stop a hurricane from forming, cause it to lose strength (disrupt it), or cause it to move in a different direction so that it does not impact land and humans? Scientist have proven using current technology that we are not able to prevent a hurricane from forming, weakening it, or cause it to move in a different direction. We’ll discuss why below.
Past Theories to Disrupt a Hurricane
- Using nuclear bombs to break apart the center of circulation and cloud structure.
- Cloud seeding hoping to cause the storm to rain harder which is thought to release it’s energy and weaken it.
- Cooling the ocean in the path of the storm to take it’s energy.
In the past, many weather scientist and other organizations took it upon themselves to find a way to prevent tropical systems from causing major damage to land infrastructure and preventing the loss of life these storms cause.
In the 1960s and 1970s, many theorist raised the possibility of using nuclear bombs to break apart the internal structure of a storm, and using common chemicals dropped in to the system causing heavy rains which was thought to weaken a storm by releasing energy.
In the past two decades, a new theory was put forth by some in the scientific community who wondered if it was possible to cool the ocean in the direct path of a system, thereby robbing the storm of it’s main fuel source which is warm water above 80 degrees.
So, what’s the problem?
Enormous Size And Energy of These Storms
Hurricanes are enormous low pressure systems which form over very warm water. As warm water is pulled in to the storm and rises, condensation causes cloud formation and the axis rotation of the Earth begins turning the low pressure system either clockwise or counterclockwise depending on which hemisphere you’re in.
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It’s estimated that the energy within a common hurricane equals to that of about 100 fifteen kiloton bombs, and the diameter of these storms can stretch over 500 miles.
Cleary, the cost and feasibility of detonating 100 bombs within 500 miles to stop the hurricane or prevent it from forming is impossible. Many scientist protested that this would actually create a more dangerous storm by bringing radioactive material to land areas.
And, is it really feasible to detonate 100 nuclear bombs for every hurricane that forms each year?
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As for cloud seeding, because of the enormous size of these systems, it would take an unimaginable amount of chemicals released in the environment to POSSIBLY cause the storm to lose strength by releasing energy.
As stated above, in recent years some postulated that by upwelling cold water deep in the ocean and bringing it to the surface will possibly cool the warm waters by which a hurricane feeds from. The theory here is that this colder water will stop a hurricane from forming, or weakening it enough to create less damage.
The current problem with this theory is that hurricanes do not follow a predetermined path and effectively have the opportunity to form and move anywhere within the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico.
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To make this POSSIBLY work, we’d need millions of large pumps dotting our oceans to even come close to displacing enough water.
As for the concept of causing a hurricane to change direction and diverting it out to sea, there are no current technologies or thoughts on how to do this against a storm which contains the level of energy and size these systems naturally contain.
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