US weather agency NOAA responds to demands to nuke hurricanes | The Courier-Mail.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has led its Hurricane Research Division’s frequently asked questions page with an extraordinary – even for America – statement: “During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms.”
“Such an event doesn’t raise the barometric pressure after the shock has passed because barometric pressure in the atmosphere reflects the weight of the air above the ground,” he writes.
“To change a Category 5 hurricane into a Category 2 hurricane you would have to add about a half ton of air for each square meter inside the eye, or a total of a bit more than half a billion (500,000,000) tons for a 20 km radius eye. It’s difficult to envision a practical way of moving that much air around.”
They don’t even mention the side effects from such an attempt. What are people thinking?
This topic comes up when every large hurricane rumbles through. Here is a piece from Mother Jones.
In some sense, it’s natural that whenever a disaster strikes, people might hope that humankind’s highest and most destructive scientific achievement holds the solution.
So far, we’ve got nothing that works.