Could Neutralizing the Might of Hurricanes Lead to Disaster?
In the 1960s and early 1970s, government funded scientists embarked on a program called "Project Stormfury" which attempted to disperse the fury of hurricanes before they came ashore. The plan was to disrupt the convection currents of hurricanes by seeding them with silver iodide crystals. Unfortunately, the plan did not work.
Since then, other imaginative ideas have been put forward in an attempt to neutralize storms. Towing an iceberg into position to cool ocean surface waters, dumping dry ice in the hurricane's path, or using high volume pumps to replace warm surface water with cool deep water. Other ideas include use of nuclear warheads or perhaps the sonic booms of high performance jet aircraft to disrupt the hurricane's air heat exchange system, or even cloud seeding during the earliest signs of a storm to stop it before it grows.
More recently, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offered to invest $2.6 million over three years to move forward with studies on how hurricane management might be achieved. DHS, working in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society, asked a veteran of "Project Stormfury" to again gather experts and to evaluate the prospects for controlling or taming hurricanes.
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