The NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association) specialists have thrown”cold water” on hurricane control schemes. Including the schemes actually using cold water. This guide will have a look at the”Proverbial Pipe Dream” of Hurricane Control and propose a practical solution. At present there a wide variety of various hurricane control proposals.
Hurricane control in the present context really means to weaken the hurricane force winds. The destructive 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 known as Typhoons. After the ocean temperature is about 80 degrees F (26 C) or higher a hurricane can happen. The hurricanes function by drawing warm sea 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 try to disrupt this convection procedure.
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 suggested is to cool the waters of the sea where hurricanes are likely to develop long vertical tubes. These wave actuated pumps would bring warm surface water to the bottom and induce cool water up. Again this would disrupt the convection procedure. Giant sized fans have been proposed to blow the hurricane back into the Atlantic ocean. Animated”cartoon like” processes, even though well meaning, do not work for these reasons. The huge 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 into the energy of a hurricane.
The heat energy in this hurricane eye was”5000 times” the heat and electrical power generation of the Turkey Point nuclear power plant over which the eye beyond. The kinetic energy of the wind at any moment was comparable to that released by a nuclear warhead. A realistic hurricane control system would need to be ready to go into surgery within 1 day. Only about 10 percent of the tropical systems that form develop into hurricanes. Attempting to attack them early could be a wasted effort. The hurricane control system should be able to be put into operation once the hurricane is at least a category 1 and is going toward a populated area.
I am proposing a modification of a rather popular and tested method 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 called 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 totally proven. A more economical approach is to save the cost of the launch and the satellite and mount the microwave equipment on a ship. This boat could be under the supervision of a state government and called into service by the governor of a potentially affected nation. The boat could return in the hurricane eyewall and target its own microwave antennas at a 45 degree or lesser angle. If this program works another ship can be built and sold to another state or foreign country for a gain.
Current weather trends make this plan more likely to be effective. 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 region that the hurricane is hovering over. Some thing should be done to at least try to minimize the effect of hurricanes.
Hurricanes cause damage every year and a system should be built to restrain or weaken there impact