Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Can You Stop a Hurricane by Nuking It?

 

A view of Hurricane Sandy from GOES East satellite on Sunday, Oct. 27.

 To save lives and reduce costs, there would be tremendous advantage if science had a way to stop a devastating hurricane like Sandy. And scientists have thought of it before.

One idea that rears its head almost every hurricane season recently is the notion of bombing a hurricane into submission. The theory goes that the energy released by a nuclear bomb detonated just above and ahead of the eye of a storm would heat the cooler air there, disrupting the storm's convection current.

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