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Originally posted by truttseeker
I was wondering if we could set off a thermal bomb that was all about extreme heat in the eye of a hurricane. Because hurricanes feed off of moisture, so wouldnt that mean that if the hurricane lost the water in the eye it would be killed or at least weaken?
Now for a more rigorous scientific explanation of why this would not be an effective hurricane modification technique. The main difficulty with using explosives to modify hurricanes is the amount of energy required. A fully developed hurricane can release heat energy at a rate of 5 to 20x1013 watts and converts less than 10% of the heat into the mechanical energy of the wind. The heat release is equivalent to a 10-megaton nuclear bomb exploding every 20 minutes. According to the 1993 World Almanac, the entire human race used energy at a rate of 1013 watts in 1990, a rate less than 20% of the power of a hurricane.