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War on Weather: Nuke a Hurricane

Would detonating the most powerful nuclear warhead we have available in the eye of a hurricane disrupt it *at all*?

Or would it simply turn the hurricane into a RADIOACTIVE hurricane?
Permalink Michael B 
August 31st, 2005
It would make it into a super-intelligent predator hurricane, bent on destroying democracy, hating freedom, kidnapping our daughters, infecting our dogs with west nile virus and burning our flag.
Bill O'Reilly said so on Fox.
Permalink John Haren 
August 31st, 2005
Most likely, it would wake Godzilla from his hibernation beneath the ocean.

So then you would have a RADIOACTIVE HURRICANE and GODZILLA to worry about.
Permalink Jim Rankin 
August 31st, 2005
And anyone who has ever played Call of Cthulhu knows that if you nuke Cthulhu, he just regenerates 30 minutes later, mad as hell, and now radioactive to boot.

Nuke a hurricane. Get real. A nuke wipes out what, a city? Go look at a weather satellite map and tell me how much bigger a hurricane is than a city.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
Katrina's eye had a 30 mile radius. Wikipedia says about Atomic Bombs:

A ten-megaton weapon can destroy an entire city. A hundred-megaton weapon (although judged impractical) would set wooden houses and forests afire in a circle 60-100 miles (100-160 km) in diameter.

Sounds *possible* to make an explosion big enough, but what would happen to the hurricane itself? The Republicans should be all over this one.
Permalink Michael B 
August 31st, 2005
Actually, 30 mile diameter.

The odds are even better! :D
Permalink Michael B 
August 31st, 2005
>Would detonating the most powerful nuclear warhead we have available in the eye of a hurricane disrupt it *at all*?
No. They even seriously considered this 40 years ago. The energy needed to disrupt a hurricane would be on the order of 10s to 100s of the largest (read: 50 megaton, of which I think we only made one) bombs. Although setting off nukes in a hurricane would be a very effective way to kill off millions of people in your target's country: just think of all the fallout that you can spread in a huge area, instead of a plume downwind. Like their whole country becomes "downwind."
Permalink Peter 
August 31st, 2005
Yeah, the eye. Where it's relatively calm. That's where you need to blow shit up. Because that'll disrupt the wind that rotating around it.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
"A nuke wipes out what, a city?"

Remember what size nuke we used on Hiroshima/Nagisaki, and then compare them to modern warheads.

Hiroshima's Little Boy was only a 13kiloton warhead producing 5.5×10^13 J (55 Terajoules) of energy. In comparison, Russia's Tsar Bomba 50 megatons produced 2.1x10^17 J or 3818 times larger than Little Boy.

Don't underestimate the power of a big nuke.
Permalink Jared 
August 31st, 2005
Underestimate? Even if I overestimate, it's still small compared to a hurricane.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
You're misunderestimating. The power to disrupt a hurricane is nothing compared to the power of the...

Oh never mind.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
Aaron - I think you'll find Azathoth is a lot more similar to a hurricane than Cthulhu with all his tentacles and shit.
Permalink Joel Goodwin 
August 31st, 2005
Yeah, but the center of the unoverse is so much harder to get to than R'Lyeh.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
%#$TQER#$ damn spelling.

universe
universe
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bad dog
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
You obviously never tried to cast Summon Azathoth. Now *that* would probably take care of a hurricane.
Permalink Joel Goodwin 
August 31st, 2005
I always loved how Summon and Bind were two different spells. It was awesome when a party member found that out the hard way once.

"I Summon a nightgaunt!"
"Ok, there's a great whooshing and flapping of wings and..."
"And I tell it to carry off the bad guy!"
"No, you don't."
"Huh?"
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
The Call of Cthulhu universe is a pretty unfair and dark place to be. But I can imagine under your shepherdship, Aaron, it would be downright nasty.
Permalink Joel Goodwin 
August 31st, 2005
Heh.

Actually, I was a player that time. New to the game as everyone else in the room, save the GM. It was hilarious. You could tell by the way the character's laughs faded off into the distance.

I do run a grim game, though, you're right about that.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
The D&D adventurers soon learn not to go charging into dark places. Even if they survive, the SAN loss can be pretty brutal =)
Permalink Joel Goodwin 
August 31st, 2005
You D&D dorks ought to get in on the made by monkeys collaborative MUSH I'm working on starting.

:-)
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
working on starting...heh.

I love that. It's so...muppet.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
Heh.

Actually I'm creating a Souls of Glass environment right now, but since it all has to be canon, I can't do some of the MUD-type things I'd like.

All of the miscellaneous ideas are going into the Made By Monkeys MUSH, which should be up sometime this weekend.

So, it'll actually BE started pretty soon.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
I just don't want to hear on Monday about how much trouble you had getting it up.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
I never have trouble getting it up.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
Unoverse for the win.
Permalink Flasher T 
August 31st, 2005
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html

Silly Me
Permalink Silly Me 
August 31st, 2005

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