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Thermonuclear device to destroy hurricanes

  1. Sep 19, 2007 #1
    Hello All,

    I hope this is the right place to post this.

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

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Sep 19, 2007 #2


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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.
  4. Sep 19, 2007 #3
    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.

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