Ah, FAQ sections. It would be a crime not to have one on your website. Oh wait, Geeky Gadgets doesn’t have a FAQ section so scratch that previous statement (there’s a great About section though). Anyway, the point we’re driving at is having a FAQ section tends to inspire spirited discussions on very ridiculous topics.
It just came to our attention that the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory entertained such an explosive query on its own FAQ. The resulting text is both informative and totally awesome. Read chunks of it after the jump.
The question that sparked the lengthy reply asked whether nukes would work at ‘destroying’ hurricanes. While the idea and its attendant mental images are appealing, it’s a certified insane proposition.
According to the AOML person who answered, however:
During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms. Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems. Needless to say, this is not a good idea.
A more detailed scientific take on the questions follows the block of quoted text above, but we suggest you access the source link to read it.