The NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association) specialists have thrown”cold water” on pest management schemes. Including the schemes actually using cold water. This article will have a look at the”Proverbial Pipe Dream” of Hurricane Control and suggest a practical solution. At present there a variety of various hurricane control suggestions.
Hurricane control in the present context really means to weaken the hurricane force winds. In the Western North Pacific and the Philippines that the windstorms are called Typhoons. Cyclones are windstorms in the Indian and South Pacific Ocean. After the sea temperature is about 80 degrees F (26 C) or higher a hurricane can occur. The hurricanes function by drawing warm sea air up through the eye of the storm. This is a convection process with hot air that is less dense increasing. Current hurricane control methods attempt to disrupt this convection procedure.
Cloud seeding is done to increase precipitation by introducing small particles of various chemicals into the air from the ground or by air. These particles are introduced to the eyewall of the hurricane to disrupt the upward flow of moist air. Another method proposed is to cool the waters of the ocean where hurricanes are likely to develop long vertical tubes. These wave actuated pumps would bring warm surface water into the bottom and induce cool water up. Again this would disrupt the convection procedure. Giant sized fans have even been proposed to blow off the hurricane back into the Atlantic ocean. Animated”cartoon like” procedures, even though well meaning, do not work for the following reasons. The enormous size and power of a hurricane make these type of schemes unlikely to work. Information from the NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meterological Laboratory gives some insight to the power of a hurricane.
The area of destruction was 20 miles wide. The heat energy in this hurricane eye was”5000 times” the heat and electric power generation of the Turkey Point nuclear power plant where the eye beyond. The kinetic energy of the wind at any instant was comparable to that released by a nuclear warhead. A realistic hurricane control system would need to be prepared to go into surgery within 1 day. Only about 10% of the tropical systems that form develop into hurricanes. Trying to attack them early would be a wasted effort. The hurricane control system ought to be able to be put into operation once the hurricane is at least a class 1 and is heading toward a populated area.
I am proposing a modification of a fairly popular and tested way of decreasing a hurricanes destructive power. The method I am referring to is Space Solar Power. Solar panels in earth orbit can convert solar energy into a microwave beam. A government project named HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) has shown that microwave energy can be directed in the ionosphere and heat it.
Space solar energy projects to control hurricanes involve launching a satellite into orbit. Until this method is fully proven. A more economical approach would be to save the cost of the launch and the satellite and mount the microwave equipment on a ship. This ship could be under the supervision of a state government and called into service by the governor of a potentially affected state. The boat could stay back in the hurricane eyewall and aim its microwave antennas in a 45 degree or lesser angle. This ship could be called into action within 4 hours notice. If this program works another boat can be built and sold to another state or foreign country for a profit.
Current weather trends make this plan more likely to work. An NOAA research study has found that Global Warming has made hurricanes worldwide move slower and remain over of populated areas longer. There by causing more harm and increasing the chances for flooding in the area that the hurricane is hovering over. Some thing should be done to try to minimize the impact of hurricanes.
Hurricanes cause damage each year and a system ought to be constructed to restrain or weaken there affect.