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(Sun Sentinel)   A Category 5 hurricane barreling towards the East Coast could be stopped if you dumped 100,000 tons of kitty litter into the eye of the storm. Or you could just tow an iceberg in front of the storm. Or nuke the damn thing   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 84
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-08 01:08:11 PM  
Use giant mirrors on orbiting space satellites to redirect sunlight away from the tropics and cool the ocean there.

Ben Bova's 1979 novel The Weathermakers features hurricane-control satellites.
 
2012-07-08 02:02:27 PM  
The guy they found to interview about hurricaines is named Landsea. Works for me.
 
2012-07-08 02:33:09 PM  
Would environmentalists oppose this? Would the government have to wait for permits to be issued?
 
2012-07-08 02:57:33 PM  
A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.
 
2012-07-08 03:59:06 PM  

Ricardo Klement: A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.


Have you SEEN a hydrogen bomb?

It might not stop a hurricane, but it would do SOMETHING.
 
2012-07-08 04:10:20 PM  
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2012-07-08 04:14:02 PM  

Ricardo Klement: A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.


I read an article on this, and can't find it now. This is true. They went into the science of it. At best it may change its course a little bit (which is friggin' random anyway) with the benefit of making it... radioactive!
 
2012-07-08 04:22:28 PM  
C'mon Farkers, there must be some good ideas on this.

How about we position a group of barges a hundred miles offshore and built condos on them? That will attract the hurricanes just like trailers do tornadoes and keep them away from the coastline.
 
2012-07-08 04:31:04 PM  
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Maybe instead of poisonous toxins, the chemtrail planes can spray drysweep on the hurricane to help it dissipate.
 
2012-07-08 04:36:37 PM  
I love the giant mirrors in space thing. It was proposed for melting the ice caps back in the 1970's during the "Earth is entering a new ice age" debacle. There were a bunch of so-called "climate experts" traveling around giving seminars on how to use giant Mylar sheets.

Then in the early part of the "Earth is warming so fast we're all gonna be dead by 2000" climate change discussions someone brought the same "Mylar sheets in space" idea up again to reflect heat away from the Earth.

Then they brought it up for breaking up hurricanes. Somebody owns a whole lot of Mylar they want to dump.
 
2012-07-08 04:36:46 PM  
THIS time Pat Robertson will succeed!

If not, then NEXT time!
 
2012-07-08 04:42:27 PM  
I think I've got it! How about several hundred jet aircraft circling the storm in opposite rotation to unwind it? That always worked in the old Superman comics.
 
2012-07-08 04:57:22 PM  
The funny thing is, we essentially know the solution for hurricanes. They don't do well on land.

The other funny thing is we have no problem eroding our wetlands.
 
2012-07-08 05:03:17 PM  
Bruce Willis can stop an Asteroid!


Only Hollywood can stop natural disasters
 
2012-07-08 05:12:46 PM  
Tow an iceberg into the path of a storm, as tropical systems require warm water to flourish. Or, pour supertanker-loads of dry ice into the waters ahead of it.

Thus solving the problem once and for all
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2012-07-08 05:24:40 PM  
Get these two working on it! Stat!

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2012-07-08 05:52:53 PM  
Swat the damn butterfly, don't have to deal in a couple of months
 
2012-07-08 05:53:22 PM  

EnviroDude: Would environmentalists oppose this? Would the government have to wait for permits to be issued?


I think we'd be more amused than anything, laughing at the dumbass who's flying straight into a hurricane with 100,000 tons of kitty litter.
 
2012-07-08 06:07:51 PM  

Ricardo Klement: A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.


I'm sorry but you're wrong. I've seen several shows on SyFy that showed nukes could totally resolve this situation, and more.
 
2012-07-08 06:10:52 PM  
Can't we just fire up HAARP?
 
2012-07-08 06:11:49 PM  
We need the water, this heatwave is killing everything, and someone wants to stop a hurricane. Go away now before I go Hulk smash on you.
 
2012-07-08 06:11:50 PM  

Ricardo Klement: A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.


Would make for an interesting 'Mythbusters' episode.
 
2012-07-08 06:12:44 PM  
Blast iron filings into it with cannons then use magnets to stop the spin.

\Duuuuuuuuuhhh
 
2012-07-08 06:12:50 PM  

Ricardo Klement: A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.


It would create a radioactive hurricane.
 
2012-07-08 06:13:52 PM  
Three words: Sharks with lasers.


Tyranicle: Ricardo Klement: A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.

Would make for an interesting 'Mythbusters' episode.


The small-scale proof-of-concept tests would be interesting.
 
2012-07-08 06:15:46 PM  
Get me Glenn Manning and a giant eggbeater, stat!
 
2012-07-08 06:16:52 PM  

downstairs: The funny thing is, we essentially know the solution for hurricanes. They don't do well on land.


So....drag a continent into their path?
 
2012-07-08 06:20:53 PM  
I like the idea of the Salter sink.

Of course, some killjoys think that pumping warm surface water below the thermocline to mix it with colder deep sea water will mess up the Gulf Stream and plunge northern Europe into a mini ice age, but I say that we won't know until we try!
 
2012-07-08 06:23:24 PM  
Oh how silly, any amount of kitty litter will not stop a moving storm, nor will it absorb so much moisture. The wind speed alone will just drive it along with the storm. Then when it hits land the kitty litter will go down the sewers and storm drains and stop them up, then we will have to deal with storm damage and toilet and tub backups too.

SF, who learned the hard way that clumping litter cannot be flushed. Horrors.
 
2012-07-08 06:25:48 PM  
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Nuke the Whales hurricanes.
 
2012-07-08 06:26:45 PM  

fusillade762: Three words: Sharks with lasers.


Tyranicle: Ricardo Klement: A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.

Would make for an interesting 'Mythbusters' episode.

The small-scale proof-of-concept tests would be interesting.


Small scale? Oh hell naaaw!
 
2012-07-08 06:27:11 PM  

Tyranicle: Ricardo Klement: A nuke probably wouldn't do anything.

Would make for an interesting 'Mythbusters' episode.


Any way we can use this as an excuse to get Kari back into that flesh colored body suit?
 
2012-07-08 06:28:39 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: THIS time Pat Robertson will succeed!

If not, then NEXT time!


I still laugh about the time he predicted that God would send his wrath in the form of a hurricane to Orlando, to punish them for displaying gay pride flags, and it instead plowed into a Promise-keeper's rally in his home state.
 
2012-07-08 06:28:49 PM  
I think kitty litter will just encourage cat 5's.
 
2012-07-08 06:30:03 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: downstairs: The funny thing is, we essentially know the solution for hurricanes. They don't do well on land.

So....drag a continent into their path?


My point was a little more complex. As the wetlands in the Gulf have been erroding, hurricanes have been more severe when they hit populated areas.
 
2012-07-08 06:32:53 PM  
So we stop hurricanes and then all of the sudden the Everglades dies. Pretty much every natural weather event has a benefit as far as the environment is concerned. We learn things like this when we find out that wildfires is what makes certain cones release their seeds and clears out diseased trees after restricting them for so long and wondering why the forest is not sprouting new trees or why the bark beetle is so rampant. So, yea, let's try not to play mother nature and instead either deal with it or not live there.
 
2012-07-08 06:36:06 PM  
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Just beat it down. You can do it in like 7 seconds.
 
2012-07-08 06:38:17 PM  
I remember reading a short story while waiting to take my SATs years ago. On a distant world, human scientists were trying stop hurricanes. They had to use four 100MT nukes to kill a hurricane by breaching the eyewall. Once the central column of warm air was no longer going up, the hurricane fell apart in a matter of hours.
 
2012-07-08 06:43:12 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Can't we just fire up HAARP?


It's been busy this week:

http://www.rt.com/news/krymsk-flood-deluge-versions-663/comments/
 
2012-07-08 06:48:46 PM  

Godscrack: Maybe instead of poisonous toxins, the chemtrail planes can spray drysweep on the hurricane to help it dissipate.


Ron Paul?
 
2012-07-08 06:49:56 PM  
Not to sound all Luddite and everything... I know that hurricanes are destructive and inconvienent and all that, but they are part of the climate. Making them go away would have consequences. Does anyone think past step 3?
 
2012-07-08 06:50:22 PM  

WI241TH: Tow an iceberg into the path of a storm, as tropical systems require warm water to flourish. Or, pour supertanker-loads of dry ice into the waters ahead of it.

Thus solving the problem once and for all


Once and for all!
 
2012-07-08 06:51:33 PM  
In 2009, Gates supported the idea of placing a series of tubs in the path of a hurricane to funnel tons of cold water to the surface.

I know it's great and all, but the Internet will not solve all of our problems.
 
2012-07-08 06:55:03 PM  

bhcompy: So we stop hurricanes and then all of the sudden the Everglades dies. Pretty much every natural weather event has a benefit as far as the environment is concerned. We learn things like this when we find out that wildfires is what makes certain cones release their seeds and clears out diseased trees after restricting them for so long and wondering why the forest is not sprouting new trees or why the bark beetle is so rampant. So, yea, let's try not to play mother nature and instead either deal with it or not live there.


I keep waiting for an ice storm, hasn't been one in nearly twenty years here. The trees need a good hard pruning--anthracnose did a major number on our region's hardwoods. The township took out the bad trees from the hellstrips if you called and begged, but that didn't help folks with dying trees on their own land. Ice storms will knock out the weak wood and give the trees a chance to regrow from their healthier and remaining limbs.
 
2012-07-08 06:56:32 PM  

CthulhuCalling: Not to sound all Luddite and everything... I know that hurricanes are destructive and inconvienent and all that, but they are part of the climate. Making them go away would have consequences. Does anyone think past step 3?


Any solution would disrupt the Gulf Stream. The only practical solution would be to improve our detection and warning systems and improve our coastal infrastructure to withstand the strongest of hurricanes. But that would never work because people will still ignore the warnings, and it would be rather expensive to improve coastal infrastructure.
 
2012-07-08 06:59:45 PM  
I suggest M-particle.

Loads and loads of it.

Literally, loads of it.

Literally.

;)
 
2012-07-08 07:00:49 PM  

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Nuke the Whales hurricanes.



Came here for this. Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-07-08 07:02:01 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: downstairs: The funny thing is, we essentially know the solution for hurricanes. They don't do well on land.

So....drag a continent into their path?


That's at least as rational as anything else suggested so far.

Maybe not a whole continent. Maybe just Jamaica.
 
2012-07-08 07:02:21 PM  
I seem to remember reading one time that prior to the first nuclear explosion that they did for the Manhattan project, there was a small but vocal group of scientists that were convinced that the explosion would rip a hole in the atmosphere and allow all the worlds air to escape (or some such thing).
Obviously they were wrong.
But who gets to decide?
Scientists start messing with these natural systems and who knows what unintended consequences there may be?
Its not like there haven't been other cases where great ideas went out of control;
Lets introduce rabbits to Australia for food! Hey this kudzu makes great ground cover! Hey we need more honey, African bees make Great honey!
 
2012-07-08 07:04:53 PM  
Any change you make to climate in one spot is going to affect some other spot, so these strategies will forever be tied up in the U.N. and international courts. Hell, it could even be considered a declaration of war to modify someone else's climate. Look how hard it is to get all nations to agree to global warming protocols.
 
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