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Meteorologists can project if a tropical depression is likely to turn into a tropical storm or hurricane, and even where it is likely to head.
Our volume is 5.12x10^13 m^3.
So we need about 6% of the mass of the water in ice form to change the temperature 10 degrees!
My lawyer friend is limbering up for the first time you use this.The fact is that you almost certainly won't stop a hurricane- but you will move it somewhere.
My lawyer friend is limbering up for the first time you use this.The fact is that you almost certainly won't stop a hurricane- but you will move it somewhere.Previously, if someone got hit by a hurricane it was nobody's fault and so there was nobody to sue (Apart from God perhaps).However, if you move it then it will hit people who would otherwise not have been hit. That's your fault.Are you really well insured?If someone gets killed are you prepared to serve time for manslaughter?The really great thing is that even if your scheme doesn't work, I can still claim it did and sue you.
Hurricanes help to maintain the global heat balance by moving warm, moist tropical air to the mid-latitudes and polar regions. Were it not for the movement of heat poleward (through other means as well as hurricanes), the tropical regions would be unbearably hot.
Three-dimensional cartoon of the temperature distribution in the upper ocean and the impact of a hurricane passing over the ocean when the oceanic mixed layer is thin like much of the Gulf of Mexico (left) and thick like the Caribbean Sea (right). In both cases, the hurricane propagates down and left over the warm sea surface (red), creating a cold wake behind the storm as colder water (blue) is brought towards the sea surface by the hurricane’s wind stress. If the oceanic mixed layer is initially thin (left), the cold wake is colder so the hurricane remains weaker than if the oceanic mixed layer is initially thick (right), all else being equal. Image credit: National Geographic Magazine.
It might be easier to stop building stuff in the path of hurricanes.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/resources/askjack/wfaqhurm.htmInteresting Q and A from the USAToday newspaper about what has been attempted and tested to weaken hurricanes. There are discussions about icebergs, water absorbing materials, nuclear warheads, and coating the ocean with chemicals to limit water evaporation.-Cheese
Q: Is trying to modify hurricanes such a good idea after all?A: Today, scientists are more cautious about trying to modify the weather than they were during the 1960s. Hurricanes, along with other storms and ocean currents, help balance the Earth's heat budget. Trying to change hurricanes could have consequences that no one intended.
The plan was to begin again in 1976, and seed typhoons by flying out of Guam. However, political issues blocked the plan. The People's Republic of China announced that it would not be happy if a seeded typhoon changed course and made landfall on its shores, while Japan declared itself willing to put up with difficulties caused by typhoons because that country got more than half of its rainfall from tropical cyclones.
Lou, I think your poll is missing an option. While I realise that you are more interested in the taxpayers willingness to cough up a little extra to pay for your scheme, I still think you should include an ecological opt out option; vis – ‘No, I do not want Man to interfere with global weather systems.’