Re: Mother Nature

Brian D Williams (
Fri, 17 Sep 1999 07:18:43 -0700 (PDT)


>I seems unlikely that a nuclear bomb would have an appreciable
>effect on a hurricane in terms of increasing or decreasing its
>power. There would be plenty of dramatic effects, but no
>significant change in the power of the hurricane. If all the
>energy from a one megaton bomb were coupled into one cubic
>kilometer of water, the temperature of the water would increase by
>one degree Celsius. To put it another way, the thermal energy
>which is converted to kinetic energy by a hurricane in just a few
>minutes is far greater than the energy released by a nuclear bomb.

<sigh> I'm not talking thermal, I'm talking the shockwave from an air blast. It has been calculated that we never need to build anything larger than a 100 megaton bomb because at 100 megatons it would blast a 10 mile in diameter chunk of atmosphere off into space... (Richard Rhodes books)

Are you saying such a blast would have no effect?

Obviously IMMHO a much smaller blast would do....

Okay we need hurricane software and nuke software.....



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