Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Hurricanes -- Can We Move Them Somewhere Else?

Justin Mullins writes in New Scientist that Moshe Alamaro of MIT tried floating jet engines on the ocean ahead of an approaching hurricane. They triggered tiny cyclones in the atmosphere. The idea was to drain the atmosphere of energy before the actual hurricane arrived. But it didn't work because it would be impossible to assemble enough jet engines to inject enough energy into the atmosphere to even trigger a small storm.


I'm mulling over a prospective short-story in which massive storms achieve sentience and decide to move us out of the way! (It's almost as plausible as the alternative.)

5 comments:

catalytic said...

I remember an old Bradbury short story where this guy had traveled somewhere remote, learned the secret of the wind there, barely escaped with his life back to the comfort of home. The wind storm was absorbing the intelligence of its victims and was becoming highly sentient. Now it was coming after him.

There is also the Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005 (Introduced in Senate)

Mac said...

I haven't read that one. Sounds great. Do you know the title?

catalytic said...

I finally located the book. The short story is simply called The Wind, as found in The October Country, which is a collection of 15 early short stories. Most of them written before he was 26.

Mac said...

Catalytic--

Thanks!

That would explain it -- I've read a lot of Bradbury, but haven't read "The October Country." Good thing it's in reprint.

Add another book to the to-read pile...

apad 2 said...

Here, I do not actually think this is likely to have success.