August 28, 2019
This is not the disintegration we were promised.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at
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Hmm, so how big a 'splody should it warrant? Maybe we should update the hurricane category system to how many megatons to disrupt.
On a more serious note, the idea never really made sense to me as hurricanes draw energy from higher temperature water, so adding more heat to the system just doesn't pass the sniff test for me. Even if you disrupt the wind wall in the eye, all that energy the storm has needs to go somewhere.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Wed Aug 28 09:37:31 2019 (jl9eJ)
Was interesting when the hurricane hit Hawaii a few years back - encountering the Big Island basically tore the bottom out of the eye of the storm (gotta love those sudden elevation changes). Whole thing went disorganized and broke up pretty soon after that. So it's at least POSSIBLE to disrupt a hurricane, not that I think the math works for nuking one.
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Wed Aug 28 14:27:02 2019 (v29Tn)
This was looked at seriously by Project Plowshare. It was determined to be a bad idea for reasons more compelling than "NUKE BOMB BAD". However, out of the box spitballing about how to stop a hurricane does not seem to be a damming indictment.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Aug 28 14:43:22 2019 (YUAc9)
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