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    Cyburbian Man With a Plan's avatar
    Jul 2004
    Arlington, VA

    Nuke a Hurricane?

    Did you guys hear about this? Some smart ********s came up with the idea to use a nuclear warhead to blow hurricanes out of the water.

    Call me an evil dooer, planning geek democrat, but I think local hazard disaster mitigation planning is a better idea.

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    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
    Jun 2003
    De Noc
    Read this answer to
    "Why don't we try to destroy tropical cyclones by nuking them ?"
    at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html

    This was listed under FAQ - Tropical Cyclones MODIFICATION AND MYTHS
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)

    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives
    Blog entries

    Ha ha ha....

    I also liked the scenario that uses large fans to blow the hurricane away......but.....did you know that Mexico City did look at a plan many years ago involving large fans on the mountains surrounding the smog bowl for this exact purpose...?

    The best idea so far is to drop tons and tons of tiny absorbent particles into the storm in an attempt to suck all the moisture out of the clouds (a real company is planning to do this). Couple this with 5 one square mile ice bergs towed down from Greenland and seeding the clouds with dry ice particles and turning the fans on, it may slow the hurricane. Don't worry that the cost of all this would be enough to fly everyone in the area first class to Hawaii for a week :rolleyes:

    No Nukes, but maybe a dozen of those 20,000 to 50,000 pound bombs that the millitary used in Afghanistan......hmmm..... EG, what do you think? Would these giant conventional bombs work?
    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
    John Kenneth Galbraith

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    Cyburbian Rumpy Tunanator's avatar
    Dec 2003

    Haven't we learned?

    You mess with nature and bad things are bound to happen. Sort of like playing with fire.
    A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."

    Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro): Heat 1995

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    Cyburbian tsc's avatar
    Oct 2002
    Under the Table
    Blog entries
    yeah... lest we forget...you cannot fool mother nature. Maybe we should not build on our beaches...or allow mobile homes in hurrican alleys.... :rolleyes:
    "Yeehaw!" is not a foreign policy

    Renovating the '62 Metzendorf

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    In a new discovered reality where it doesn't snow
    People come up with crazy things when the times require it.

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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
    Feb 2004
    on my 15 minute break
    What if hurricanes are "good" for the environment? They might inflict considerable destruction towards human activities but in the larger scheme of things we really have no idea what purpose or ecological impact the large number of cyclical storms experienced each year serves on a planetary scale - it may not be in humans best long term interests to alter such things at this juncture even if we had the capabilities to do so. At the very least we should thoroughly understand the phenomenon before altering it.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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