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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
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2014-02-26 07:34:43 AM  
5 votes:
"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 08:14:12 AM  
4 votes:
I think we should build one all the way around Kansas to test the theory
2014-02-26 07:32:42 AM  
3 votes:
I am morer stupiderr for having read that.
2014-02-26 08:33:36 AM  
2 votes:
Didn't stop the kaiju.
2014-02-26 08:25:31 AM  
2 votes:

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 12:45:34 PM  
1 vote:
This is by the same people who produce climate models proving "climate change" is man made. These people live inside of computer models and have no sense of the real world, I doubt they even realize tornadoes do form in mountains and can travel up, over, and down ridge lines,
2014-02-26 12:14:23 PM  
1 vote:
Not my cup of tea, but this ..

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... seems a much smarter idea than ..

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2014-02-26 11:01:01 AM  
1 vote:
A 1000ft wall might help keep the white walkers and wildlings out.

If you build it far enough south to keep the brown walkers out, you might be able to find funding.
"We Arpaios have manned the wall for thousands of years.."

/ might also work with "white trash" instead of "brown walkers":
"Two horn blasts means wildlings.. "
"Rednecks! RUN!"
2014-02-26 10:29:57 AM  
1 vote:
"The walls would stop the flow of air from north and south, thus preventing the tornadoes from forming, he said."
No they won't, and no they won't. Unless you're walling off the midwest to the point it changes the entire climate and turns it semi-arid, which is an outstandingly stupid thing to do to an enormous swath of agricultural land.

Disrupting rotational patterns with heat/cold/induced rainfall/praying really hard would be a more workable solution.
2014-02-26 10:25:05 AM  
1 vote:
We have tornadoes in Colorado. I even saw one near Pikes Peak which tops out at 14,115' or about 8,000 feet higher than nearby Colorado Springs. I don't think a 1,000' wall in Kansas is going to do much to stop tornadoes.
2014-02-26 09:29:14 AM  
1 vote:

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.
2014-02-26 08:33:05 AM  
1 vote:
I'm all for it if we can wall off Texas
2014-02-26 08:26:19 AM  
1 vote:

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 08:21:39 AM  
1 vote:
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 08:19:09 AM  
1 vote:
Wouldn't even keep out Mexican tornadoes.
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2014-02-26 05:52:53 AM  
1 vote:
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.
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