Reader Robert Hayes of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, asks: "Is there some way a small, nondeadly atomic bomb could somehow blow apart a tornado as it forms, averting any damage the storm might bring?"
While some might assume this idea to be an absurd one, we were willing to check it out (even the "nondeadly atomic bomb" part). And lo, it turns out that researchers are currently hard at work devising ways to control the weather—particularly disastrous weather systems like tornados and hurricanes—and hope to put their ideas to the test in the coming decades. Any storm depends on a host of complex, interrelated drivers, like heat flows and wind movements. The basic anti-storm strategy is to take the smallest of these factors, the one most amenable to change, and change it—in the manner, say, of throwing a wrench into the smallest cog at a factory in hopes that disrupting one part of the system will cause the entire assembly line to shut down.
Yet disrupting even one little part of a storm system, especially a system as massive as a hurricane, which can produce as much energy as the total global power output, will be mighty difficult. Here are three ideas in the works:
1. Recent research indicates that in order to form, a tornado needs both a cold, rainy downdraft and a warm updraft. To stop a tornado from forming, just heat this cold downdraft until it's cold no longer. And how would one do this, you ask? Simple: Blast it with beams of microwaves from a fleet of satellites. The satellites would collect solar energy, transform it into microwaves, and send a beam down to Earth. The beams would be focused on cold downdrafts, heating them like last night's leftovers. The European Space Agency has funded initial studies on building this type of satellite, though it hopes to use the satellites as high-altitude solar-power stations, not as weather modifiers.
2. Hurricanes get most of their energy from evaporating seawater, which is why they quickly die out over land. To prevent this evaporation, spray a thin layer of oil over the water. This should stop, or at least weaken, a Caribbean hurricane before it devastates Miami.
3. Divert the path of a hurricane by heating the atmosphere in front of it, presumably with the aforementioned microwave satellites, or with a giant orbiting mirror that reflects the sun's energy.
All this, as should be expected, is still at the extreme hypothetical stage. Not only will we need to develop the ability to monitor storms on a much finer scale than is currently possible, we'll also have to create and coordinate the intervening energy sources. Yet localized weather control is not pure fantasy: A study published last year in Nature showed that high-altitude jet contrails create lower day-to-night temperature swings—without even blowing anything up.
i really wish someone would get on this! TORNADOES GIVE ME PANIC ATTACKS JUST THINKING ABOUT THEM! ITS MY...
I loved this article. I really hope that some day people do find a way to kill tornadoes. I have heard before that tornadoes are formed from cold weather from Canada mixing with hot air from the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe someday it would be possible to build giant walls with giant vacuums that absorb the wind no matter how fast it is going. If possible then the major giant walls with these types of vacuums could be placed near the Gulf of Mexico and the other ones right on the border of Canada. They could also be used to send the winds they absorb out at lower speeds to make the wind destruction a lot more minimal. However, I like your idea about using satellites to warm up cool air as well. Also I would like to see someone or some group of people to combine jets or airplanes with vacuums. The vacuums would be used to absorb water. After enough of these types of airplanes and/or jets are made then they could be used to absorb water where there is great flooding to get rid of most of the unneeded water. Then those same airplanes/jets could be used to spray the water on wildfires to put the wildfires out and/or pour out water on the rivers and/or lakes that suffered through a drought. Thus solving three problems with one invention. However, the way the main character kills a tornado is pure fantasy. I hope some day someone will figure out a way to finally destroy tornadoes no matter how powerful they are.
Sorry about my previous comment. This is the story I was talking about that I wrote
Years ago a man by the name of Dr. Kyle Hopkins came up with ideas to control the weather when he was just thirty-two years old. Unfortunately, his ideas never came to reality. He later met a man by the name of Dr. Herbert Maxim that same year. Dr. Herbert Maxim was very interested in Dr. Hopkins’s ideas. He later built an android that could read people’s minds. Society as a whole saw the android that Dr. Maxim had created as a threat and by law Dr. Maxim was forced to turn his android off. Tragedy later struck when an F5 tornado came and killed Dr. Maxim, but his android would survive. Dr. Maxim and Dr. Hopkins were both forty-two years old when it happened. Ten years later the android found a way to turn itself back on. As fate would have it she would soon meet Dr. Hopkins’s ten year old son in the lunch room at the same school. By now Dr. Hopkins had given up on his weather ideas, but decided to let his son Curt try to one day be successful where he had failed. He gave his son the blueprints for his weather ideas. Now Curtis tries to find someone who can help him make his dad’s ideas into a reality.
“Curt, you really should eat your lunch instead of wasting time looking at those blueprints,” said Barry.
“Leave me alone Barry. I’m trying to figure out how to use my dad’s ideas,” said Curt.
“You really are gullible. There’s no way machines could ever control the weather you wacko.”
“You’ll see. Someday my dad will be right and you will be stunned.”
“Ha, that will be the day.”
“Excuse me may I sit here?” asked Victoria.
“Sure,” answered Curt.
“What was that kid bullying you about?” asked Victoria.
“He was laughing at my dad’s ideas to control the weather,” answered Curt.
“Then you must be Dr. Hopkins’s son.”
“Yeah, how did you know that?” asked Curt.
“My dad used to be good friends with him,” answered Victoria.
“My name is Curt.”
“It’s nice to meet you.”
“It’s nice to meet you too. May I please see those blueprints?” asked Victoria.
“Sure,” answered Curt.
“Yes, I think I can make these ideas work.”
“Do you really mean that?” asked Curt.
“Yes, come by my house after school and we’ll talk more about it then,” answered Victoria.
The day went on and school was now over. Curt followed Victoria to her house.
“This looks like Dr. Maxim’s house,” said Curt.
“That’s because it is,” said Victoria.
“What, but how? I thought that this place was destroyed by a tornado. How can it be standing like this?” asked Curt.
“It was hit by a tornado, but I survived and when I awoke I repaired the damage,” answered Victoria.
“You must have had a lot of help to make the repair work look this good.”
“No, actually I did it all by myself.”
“I can’t believe any human could do this by herself.”
“That’s probably true, but I’m not a human. I’m an android.”
“Then you must be Dr. Maxim’s android that is said to be able to read minds.”
“That’s right you’re looking at her.”
“How long did it take you to repair all the damage?” asked Curt.
“One day,” answered Victoria.
“Huh, but this house took years to make.”
“That may be, but since I knew how the original design worked it was easy to fix.”
“I was given the name ‘Victoria’ because Dr. Maxim wanted to see victory through me.”
“Do you think you will be able to use my dad’s ideas?” asked Curt.
“Yes, but I will need time. Meet me back here tomorrow at this time and let me keep the blueprints. If you give me that then I should be able to use your dad’s ideas,” answered Victoria.
“That’s great. I’ll come back tomorrow.”
One day passed. Curt returned to Victoria’s house. Unfortunately, when he returned the weather was very violent.
“Curt, I’m glad you could make it back here. I have the television on the weather channel right now. The weather looks like it might make some tornadoes so what ever happens please stay here until I get back.”
“Are you sure you want to leave? This weather looks extremely dangerous. Why don’t you just stay here?” asked Curt.
“Don’t worry about me. There is something I have to do,” answered Victoria.
Victoria flew in the air and headed out to the open fields that were a few yards in front of her. While she was flying an F5 tornado formed right in front of her eyes. The tornado looked like it would be headed for her and then Curt next.
“You killed my dad, but you will not kill my friend.”
She pointed her two fists at the tornado. On her right arm she had a red absorption vacuum to absorb hot air and on her left arm she had a blue absorption vacuum to absorb cold air. She fired two green energy beams that were each in the shape of a ping-pong ball. The energy beams hit the tornado and split the cold air and warm air from touching each other and the tornado ceased to exist. Then she used both vacuums to absorb both the cold and warm airs. She lowered the wind speeds from three hundred miles per hour all the way down to two miles per hour. The cold and warm airs were released from the backs of her vacuums. She sent the cold air to cool off warm areas and she sent the warm air to warm cold areas. She flew back to Curt who had seen the whole thing when it was over.
“That was amazing.”
“Don’t look so surprised. After all, I did use your dad’s ideas.”
Victoria used her extraordinary good vision to see that a man in the woods who was yards away had dropped a lit cigar in the woods. She quickly flew to the man and rescued him. The fire was quickly becoming a wildfire.
“I can’t believe what you have just done.”
“I know it was stupid,” said Randy.
“So what’s your name?” asked Victoria.
“The name is Randy,” he answered.
“Well Randy, you better hold on to my arm.”
Victoria used her extraordinary vision to watch the weather channel at her house. She saw that there was a state that had recently had a bad flood. She then used her built-in geographical world map to find the state. Once she had located it she put her hands on her head to send out an electronic signal that reached the antennae of the water jet planes that she had created. Once the water jet planes received the signal they sent out an electronic signal to Victoria’s house so that the doors would open. Then the water jet planes flew out to the state that had recently had a bad flood. The water jet planes descended water vacuums on to the water and absorbed most of the water. They then came back just a little above Victoria’s head. The water jet planes used the water vacuums to spray the water that they had just collected on the wildfire and put the wildfire out.
“Don’t make me do this again Randy,” said Victoria.
Victoria flew back to her house and Randy went on his way. He called the weather station and they came to talk with Victoria within hours.
“I’m Sally Bones reporting for Weather 450. I’m here with the hero Victoria who has recently done the impossible. She killed an F5 tornado and a wildfire in the same hour. That’s not all she has done. There was a lot of water left over in the water jet planes. The left over water was used to take care of another state’s drought. Please tell us about your accomplishments,” said Sally.
“I couldn’t have done it without my friend Curt. He gave me his dad’s weather blueprints and I was able to kill the tornado and the wildfire because of those ideas.”
“Then we’ll let him talk,” said Sally.
“Victoria was the one who did it not me. I’m just glad to see that my dad’s ideas are finally getting the recognition that they deserve,” said Curtis with a nervous look on his face.
“Victoria, please tell our viewers something encouraging,” said Sally.
“Remember, in this world the possibilities are just as limitless as the imagination.”
I have made 3 You-Tube videos on my theory to PREVENT a tornado from touching down to the ground.
1st. one is titled ---
CHUCK MANGINO - STOPPING A TORNADO INITIATIVE - 04-07-2012
Itis a 10 min. basic exp.
The 2nd one is titled --
STOPPING A TORNADO = AIRBORNE M.A.S.E.R + COMPUTATIONAL FLUID dYNAMICS + WEATHER PATTERNS
It tells of surviving a tornado in 1998 and how in Dec. 2006 I came up with the theory. I had the theory documented in June 2010 and afterwards threw it in the filing cabinet and forgot about it. Then on 27th April 2011 I had 2 friends in Phil Cambell Ala.that were killed in the tornado.
After seeing the damage to Phil Cambell Ala. on you -tube I made the video STOPPING A TORNADO = AIRBORNE M.A.S.E.R + C.F.D.
To stop a tornado, I think using fighter aircraft with missiles would be a way to ACCURATELY hit the tornado at the TOP, where it forms. Multiple, simultaneous hits would be a technique worth trying.
As for microwave heating, that's a good idea too, but satellites are the WRONG way to go ... they can only supply a modest amount of energy, and the energy they project is aimed AT THE GROUND. Not a good idea. Much better is to use large aircraft which can carry FAR more power for the microwave gun, and the energy bursts will be fired AWAY from the earth, not towards it.
Using microwaves doesn't sound like the smartest idea does it? That's just crazy. All you need to do to stop a tornado is stop the warm air from entering the low pressure system. How? A Town at risk should have a underground cold air ejecting system where it would be released into the air in and around the town, as the tornado is approaching. That would starve the tornado of it's energy, thus saving the town from any mayor damage. In theory.
To curtail tornadoes is most essential as it is taking more lives and destroying the Americans properties. It is very sad. According to my study through Internet I have observed that tornadoes were created by bottom cool of sea weather and top hot weather.
We can curtail it by sprinkling cool water on the top of the tornado by Military Jet Fighters. It is possible we can use the Fire Fighters technology from the sky. Yes we can damn sure that we must stop the devil tornadoes. It is easy. We must do something on war footing. Then only we can curtail such type of tornadoes where ever it occurs. By sending 5 to 10 jet fighters with cool water equipments and jet speed sprinklers we can stop devil tornadoes.
God Bless You all Americans.
Jesus saves you soon.