Thermonuclear device to destroy hurricanes

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Hello All,

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I’ve always wondered about this. What will a Thermonuclear device do to a hurricane if detonated in it's eye?

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Annoy it.
Hurricanes have rather a lot of energy, a tiny little weedy H-bomb isn't going to do much to it.
 
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The device would probably blow up.

The hurricane, as stated, would probably be almost totally unaffected. It would have *more* of an effect if you detonated it at the strongest part of the hurricane, because it would partially create a countering wind that would create a small ripple in the hurricane where the wind wouldn't be as strong.

Your typical hurricane is what, between 300 and 700 km of radius? A nuclear device would affect a pretty wide range with radiation, but probably only the blast radius would affect the wind. A 20 megaton bomb might affect a radius of something like 47 km? Hardly enough to disrupt a large hurricane.

DaveE
 

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