The NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association) specialists have thrown”cold water” on pest management schemes. This guide will take a look at the”Proverbial Pipe Dream” of Hurricane Control and suggest 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 that the windstorms are called Typhoons. Cyclones are windstorms in the Indian and South Pacific Ocean. When the ocean temperature is about 80 degrees F (26 C) or higher a hurricane can occur. The hurricanes function by drawing warm ocean air up through the eye of the storm. This is a convection process with hot air which is less dense increasing. Current hurricane control methods attempt to disrupt this convection procedure.
Cloud seeding is done to increase precipitation by introducing small particles of various chemicals into the air from the ground or by air. These particles are introduced to the eyewall of the hurricane to disrupt the upward flow of moist air. Another method proposed is to cool the waters of the sea 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 up water. Again this could disrupt the convection procedure. Giant sized fans have even been suggested to blow off the hurricane back to the Atlantic ocean. Animated “Melbourne Animal Removal” procedures, although well meaning, don’t work for the following reasons. The enormous size and power of a hurricane make these type of schemes unlikely to work. Information from the NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meterological Laboratory provides some insight into the energy of a hurricane.
An example is Hurricane Andrew which hit South Florida in 1992. The area of destruction was 20 miles wide. 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 sensible hurricane control system would need to be prepared to go into surgery within 1 day. Only about 10 percent of the tropical systems that form grow 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 heading toward a populated area.
I am proposing a modification of a fairly popular and tested method of decreasing a hurricanes destructive power. The method I’m referring to is Space Solar Power. Solar panels in earth orbit can convert solar energy 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 named HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) has shown that microwave energy can be directed at the ionosphere and heat it.
Space solar power projects to control hurricanes involve launching a satellite into orbit. Until this method is fully proven. A more economical approach is 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 boat could re-charge when in port. 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 stay back from the hurricane eyewall and aim its microwave antennas at a 45 degree or lesser angle. This boat could be called into action within 4 hours notice. If this plan works another ship can be built and sold to another state or foreign country for a profit.
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 remain over of populated areas longer. There by causing more damage and increasing the chances for flooding in the region the hurricane is hovering over. Some thing ought to be done to try to reduce the effect of hurricanes.
Hurricanes cause damage each year and a system should be constructed to restrain or weaken there impact.