What's crazier than a Frankenstorm on Halloween? This U.S. Weather Bureau plan from 1956 to steer away hurricanes by seeding them with dry ice. Weather scientists hoped that shooting pellets of solid carbon dioxide into a storm's clouds would unbalance it enough to send it off course (and hopefully not just make it angry.)
This June 1956 Popular Science article admitted that even the researchers behind the scheme thought it was somewhat brazen. But, as one unnamed specialist said, "Hurricane control is such an important subject that we cannot afford to overlook any possibilities."
During the 1960s, the U.S. government explored releasing both dry ice and silver iodide into storm clouds, but the experiments were inconclusive. In 1983, Project Stormfury was shut down.
Read on for more from "Can We Steer Away Hurricanes?"
Read the full story in our June 1956 issue.
Why would you want to stop them? What if some other essential natural processes on this planet depends on them? Then what? I think it's better to know the possible implications first. If hurricanes form naturally there must be a strong reason then for them to exist.
A better way would be to just blast it away with a 100 megaton nuclear explosion while it's still way out to sea and land dwellers far from the nuclear explosion. The energy would dissipate the eye and disorganize it so it just fizzled out. ha, maybe.
@gizmowiz - Radiation contaminated fallout from the Fukushima reactor meltdown in Japan are still being detected on the west coast. What makes you think that an actual nuclear explosion (not just a meltdown) over the Atlantic (windy and stormy) will not contaminate coastal and global populations at large. All the while yielding questionable benfits/effect, considering hurricanes pack hundreds of megatons worth of energy. A nuclear explosion would just get sucked up in a matter of minutes or even seconds.