The NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association) specialists have thrown”cold water” on pest management schemes. This article will have a look at the”Proverbial Pipe Dream” of Hurricane Control and propose a practical solution. At present there a variety of various hurricane control proposals.
Hurricane control in the present context really means to weaken the hurricane force winds. The damaging damage a hurricane inflicts is proportional to the square of the wind speed. Hurricanes are windstorms in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific. In the Western North Pacific and the Philippines the windstorms are called Typhoons. When the sea temperature is about 80 degrees F (26 C) or a hurricane can happen. The hurricanes function by drawing warm ocean air up through the eye of the hurricane. This is a convection process with hot air which is less dense rising. Current hurricane control methods attempt to disrupt this convection process.
Cloud seeding is done in order to increase precipitation by introducing small particles of different chemicals into the atmosphere from the ground or by air. These particles are introduced to the eyewall of the hurricane to interrupt the upward flow of moist air. Another method proposed is to cool the waters of the ocean where hurricanes are most likely to develop long vertical tubes. These wave actuated pumps would bring warm surface water into the bottom and force cool water up. Again this would disrupt the convection procedure. Giant sized fans have been suggested to blow the hurricane back into the Atlantic ocean. Animated”cartoon like” procedures, even though well meaning, don’t work for the following reasons. The enormous size and power of a hurricane make these sort of schemes unlikely to work. Info from the NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meterological Laboratory gives some insight into the energy of a hurricane.
The heat energy in this hurricane eye was”5000 times” the heat and electric power generation of the Turkey Point nuclear power plant over which the eye past. The kinetic energy of the wind at any instant was comparable to that released by a nuclear warhead. A realistic hurricane control system would have to be ready to go into operation within 1 day. Only about 10% of the tropical systems that form develop into hurricanes. Trying to attack them early could be a wasted effort. The hurricane control system should be able to be put into operation when the hurricane is no less than a class 1 and is going 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 power into a microwave beam. This microwave beam can then be aimed at a hurricane eyewall to heat it and interfere with the hurricanes convection procedure. A government project called HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) has demonstrated that microwave energy can be directed at 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. The microwave ionospheric heaters could be powered by off the shelf electric car batteries and the ship could re-charge when in port. This boat could be under the oversight of a state government and called into service by the governor of a potentially affected nation. The ship could return in the hurricane eyewall and aim its microwave antennas in a 45 degree or lesser angle. If this program works another boat can be built and sold to another state or foreign country for a gain.
Current weather trends make this strategy more likely to work. An NOAA research study has found that Global Warming has made hurricanes globally move slower and stay over of populated regions longer. There by causing more damage 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 effect of hurricanes.
Hurricanes cause damage every year and a system should be built to restrain or weaken there impact