A report on President Trump proposing the use of nuclear bombs to avert hurricane strikes in the United States on Sunday received a heated reaction from meteorologists and meteorological experts.
"Throughout my 35 years as a meteorologist, I have received calls and handwritten letters from people suggesting this. I gently try to explain to them that, according to @NASA, a hurricane can consume as much energy as 10,000 nuclear bombs over its life cycle. Future and Obviously Dangerous, "John Morales, Chief Meteorologist at NBC 6 in Miami, tweeted.
Throughout my 35 years as a meteorologist, I've received calls and handwritten letters from people suggesting that. I'm gently trying to explain to them that @ NASA a hurricane can consume as much energy as 10,000 nuclear bombs over its life cycle Flexible and obviously dangerous https://t.co/cICzoPny1l photos19459003 won – John Morales (@ JohnMoralesNBC6)
August 26, 2019
Ryan Mow, another meteorologist, agreed on the ineffectiveness of the idea.
"Detonating a nuclear bomb in a hurricane would do nothing to upset the storm," he said. "You have a radioactive hurricane instead."
Detonating a nuclear bomb inside a hurricane would do nothing to disrupt the storm.
Instead, you now have a radioactive hurricane. 🌀 https://t.co/HBMPeZo2EA records19459003: 11 – Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue)
August 25, 2019
A report from Axios states that the president proposes to throw nuclear weapons in the eye of a hurricane during a briefing at the White House. He raised the idea of the bombing again at another meeting in 2017, but did not mention the nuclear weapons in the National Security Council's note on the discussion. The idea has never become a formal policy process.
The 2017 hurricane season was particularly devastating – the most expensive in US history with more than $ 200 billion in damage – with powerful storms, including Harvey, Irma and Maria, causing chaos in places like Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Reported by Axios published as a tropical storm Dorian, which intensifies in a hurricane, may target still-recovering Puerto Rico.
People wonder if nuclear bombs can wreck hurricanes for decades. National Geographic has a "surprising story" about a "really bad idea" that shows Frances Richolderfer, head of the US Meteorological Office (now the National Weather Service), saying he could "imagine the opportunity" in 1961.
part of its page on tropical cyclone myths, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the proposal renews every hurricane season. But the government agency dismissed the hurricane nukes as ineffective in stopping them, but a good way to unleash radioactive waste where winds carry it.
National Hurricane Center Specialist Eric Blake responded to Axios report by tweeting "No!" On his personal Twitter account and sharing a link to the NOAA information sheet.
Marshall Shepherd, a weather and climate expert, tweeted: "Looks like I have to put it back on #smh," along with a link to a piece he wrote about Forbes earlier this year entitled "That's why not we can just "Nuke" Hurr
Another meteorologist Paul Douglas further explained why using nuclear devices is a bad idea.
'Hurricanes are tropical pressure relief valves; heat engines converting warm ocean water into wind and cooling rain. "Nuclear heating air and water up to 100,000,000C, the temperature inside the sun, can create a (radioactive) hurricane of unimaginable rage," he said.
Hurricanes are tropical pressure relief valves; heat engines turn warm ocean water into wind and cooling rain. Nuclear heating air and water up to 100,000,000C, the temperature inside the sun, can create a (radioactive) hurricane of unimaginable rage. #reallybadidea https://t.co/n9m6fZ5qKi
– Paul Douglas (@pdouglasweather)
August 25, 2019
Michael Lowry, an atmospheric scientist who works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, tweeted: "On a serious note, this is a dumb and dangerous idea. On a lighter, not completely unrelated note, my wife and I just finished watching Dr. Strangelove for the first time last night. "
On a serious note, this is a dull and dangerous idea. On a lighter, not completely unrelated note, my wife and I just finished watching Dr. Strangelove for the first time last night. Https://t.co / 64ix3KSq8u records19459003Sense— Michael Lowry (@MichaelRLowry)
August 26, 2019
Others were just having fun with it.
Yes, it can also downplay meteorologists. What do we know about hurricanes or what makes them thrive?
– Steven Pine (@SteveSosnaNBC)
August 26, 2019