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(USA Today)   Can giant walls protect the USA from tornadoes? I'm no physicist, but I'm thinking HELL NO   (usatoday.com) divider line 79
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2014-02-26 05:11:26 AM
"The walls would need to be about 1,000 feet high and 150 feet wide, "

LOLWUT

the cost of building such a wall boggles my mind, just not feasible even if it would work.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-26 05:52:53 AM
A 1,000 foot tall wall would induce some weather of its own.

As long as we're taking the 150 foot wide strip of land we can use it for transportation: pipelines, trains, or highways.
 
2014-02-26 06:35:32 AM
I think it could work.
 
2014-02-26 07:32:42 AM
I am morer stupiderr for having read that.
 
2014-02-26 07:34:43 AM
"I'm no physicist, but..."

It was a physicist who proposed this ridiculous idea. How about "I'm no meteorologist, but...".

Harold Brooks is pretty much the world's foremost expert on tornado climatology. Not only would it not work, and cost more than the GDP, but it would have devastating local effects for those who lived near the wall.

Stick to your gluons, physics-boy, and leave the weather to us bitter meteorology assholes. We've got enough problems with hurr durr polar vortex derp herp global warmists burlble furble HAARP is weather control. We don't need actual smart people acting like dumb-asses to add to the mix.
 
2014-02-26 07:41:38 AM
HAARP isn't weather control??
 
2014-02-26 08:14:12 AM
I think we should build one all the way around Kansas to test the theory
 
2014-02-26 08:15:23 AM
i hear the Chinese build pretty great walls. maybe we can call them.
 
2014-02-26 08:15:40 AM
But will it stop airborne sharks?
 
2014-02-26 08:17:55 AM

some_beer_drinker: i hear the Chinese build pretty great walls. maybe we can call them.


I've got 1 word for you friend, Mongolianado...
 
2014-02-26 08:19:09 AM
Wouldn't even keep out Mexican tornadoes.
 
2014-02-26 08:19:29 AM
I think someone watched too much Attack on Titan. They didn't stop the 100 foot tall Titan you really think it can stop a goddamn tornado?
 
2014-02-26 08:21:29 AM
Oh great, another GOP plan to deal with illegal immigration.
 
2014-02-26 08:21:39 AM
If there was an area of the country where every summer giants fall from the sky and randomly rampage through towns, would you live there?
 
2014-02-26 08:21:47 AM
Leave tornadoes alone!!!!
 
2014-02-26 08:21:57 AM
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2014-02-26 08:25:31 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think we should build one all the way around Kansas to test the theory


And then fill that sum'biatch with water.
 
2014-02-26 08:26:19 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think we should build one all the way around Kansas to test the theory


With no doors, windows, or exit points of any kind. Maybe put an air tight roof on it, too. If it works, we can put another one around Texas and Arizona, you know, for homeland security purposes.
 
2014-02-26 08:28:12 AM
But are you a meaty urologist?
 
2014-02-26 08:29:42 AM
Imagine how much something like that would weigh.
For comparison: The Hoover dam is 726 ft high(from its foundations to the roadbed) and weighs 6.6 million tons. Hoover dam FAQs
 
2014-02-26 08:30:02 AM

grokca: Wouldn't even keep out Mexican tornadoes.


You gotta admit, Arizona does not have a tornado problem.
 
2014-02-26 08:30:31 AM
Building a wall like that would induce all sorts of other weather effects.

The first one I can think of is all of the land west of the wall would get an increase in rain due wet air having to drop rain in order to gain elevation to cross the wall. Then the land immediately east of the wall would dry out due to lack of rain.

To say nothing of the weird sunlight problems that would occur on the west side of the wall.
 
2014-02-26 08:31:51 AM
What about Sharknado? Yeah, nobody is ready for that.

/all my news
//from syfy channel
 
2014-02-26 08:31:51 AM
Stopping tornadoes is easy. Just drop an atomic bomb into the middle of them and break them up. It's so simple I can't believe they haven't thought of it.
 
2014-02-26 08:32:57 AM

some_beer_drinker: i hear the Chinese build pretty great walls. maybe we can call them.


But then he would have to deal with the damn mongorians breakign down his schitty wall.
 
2014-02-26 08:33:05 AM
I'm all for it if we can wall off Texas
 
2014-02-26 08:33:27 AM
I'd think it would be similar to a breakwater.  Unintended consequences such as sediment buildup behind it, and greater erosion down drift.

Plus it would be cheaper to just evacuate Kansas, but please don't send them here.
 
2014-02-26 08:33:36 AM
Didn't stop the kaiju.
 
2014-02-26 08:33:39 AM
Look, you don't need no wall. Alls you do is put trailer parks all along the border. Ain't no tornado ever gonna make it past 'em into the country proper.
 
2014-02-26 08:34:26 AM

Elfich: Building a wall like that would induce all sorts of other weather effects.

The first one I can think of is all of the land west of the wall would get an increase in rain due wet air having to drop rain in order to gain elevation to cross the wall. Then the land immediately east of the wall would dry out due to lack of rain.

To say nothing of the weird sunlight problems that would occur on the west side of the wall.


So then we make it a chain-link fence. Problem solved.
 
2014-02-26 08:35:59 AM
Apparently this guy didn't read about little historical trinkets where people tried it. Before the 1900s
 
2014-02-26 08:36:42 AM
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2014-02-26 08:43:28 AM

Elfich: Building a wall like that would induce all sorts of other weather effects.

The first one I can think of is all of the land west of the wall would get an increase in rain due wet air having to drop rain in order to gain elevation to cross the wall. Then the land immediately east of the wall would dry out due to lack of rain.

To say nothing of the weird sunlight problems that would occur on the west side of the wall.


Poor reading comprehension.  The proposed walls run East-West, not North-South.

\still a stupid idea
 
2014-02-26 08:46:10 AM
Simple solution: We take all the unread USATodays that are stuck under the doors of midwestern hotel rooms each morning and use them to build the wall
 
2014-02-26 08:46:39 AM
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It doesn't work
 
2014-02-26 08:49:02 AM

GDubDub: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think we should build one all the way around Kansas to test the theory

And then fill that sum'biatch with water concrete.



FTFY.
=Smidge=
 
2014-02-26 08:50:20 AM
thats so dumb.
build a 1000 high  150 thick miles and miles long wall?

F that.

build an apartment like that.  Move the entire population of the world into it. that makes more sense!
 
2014-02-26 08:53:26 AM
CheekyMonkey:
Poor reading comprehension.  The proposed walls run East-West, not North-South.

\still a stupid idea


Fair enough, I missed the E-W vs N-S item. Still a very stupid idea.
 
2014-02-26 08:54:52 AM

dv-ous: Didn't stop the kaiju.


Exactly.  And how much would that wall cost vs building more Jaegers?

Something that just hit me is they built the wall in Alaska, and the built the wall in Sydney, but they didn't build a wall at Hong Kong?
 
2014-02-26 08:55:25 AM
Suicide bombers yes, tornadoes no
 
2014-02-26 08:56:32 AM
Wouldn't it be cheaper to use more concrete or build underground?

/Not suggesting that's much of a plan, but really tall walls don't sound like an affordable compromise.
 
2014-02-26 09:00:01 AM
We won't know if it works until we try it. We can call it the Obama Wall.
 
2014-02-26 09:03:26 AM

elkraf: We won't know if it works until we try it. We can call it the Obama Wall.


Too late, he's already inside!
 
2014-02-26 09:04:10 AM
ZAZ: A 1,000 foot tall wall would induce some weather of its own.

As long as we're taking the 150 foot wide strip of land we can use it for transportation: pipelines, trains, or highways.


Yeah, the first thing I thought of was "unintended consequences".
 
2014-02-26 09:08:12 AM
Instead of building a wall why not just reinforce every single structure in the area they hope to protect.  It would probably be cheaper.
 
2014-02-26 09:14:44 AM

elkraf: We won't know if it works until we try it. We can call it the Obama Wall.


Pointless idiots will whine about it even though it isn't going to happen. We should really call it the GOP wall.
 
2014-02-26 09:19:19 AM
Still won't keep out illegals
 
2014-02-26 09:20:31 AM
Ahhh, USA Today.  Always playing the Mississippi to CNN's Alabama.
 
2014-02-26 09:25:55 AM
A 1000ft wall might help keep the white walkers and wildlings out.
 
2014-02-26 09:29:14 AM

FLMountainMan: Ahhh, USA Today.  Always playing the Mississippi to CNN's Alabama.


I generally find myself in disagreement with you; however, this comment made me laugh my ass off. Well farking played sir.
 
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