Changing The Weather

Wouldn't it be great to be able to steer those monster hurricanes in the Atlantic away from the United States? That's exactly what Microsoft Founder Bill Gates wants to do.

 

 

 

Wouldn't it be great to be able to steer those monster hurricanes in the Atlantic away from the United States? That's exactly what Microsoft Founder Bill Gates wants to do.

Gates and several people he's working with have applied for patents that propose slowing hurricanes by pumping cold, deep-ocean water in their paths from barges.

There's no doubt the whole idea may seem a little far-fetched for some people. There were likely many skeptics that doubted what Gates could do when it came to the world of computers.

Hurricane experts say if enough pumps are deployed, it is reasonable to expect some weakening in hurricane power.

While there are certainly many questions surrounding his intriguing idea, it will be interesting to see how all of this pans out in the coming months and years.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:11 PM
    Well said.
  • by Jim Howard Location: Grifton on Jul 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    There was a similar precedent to this in the 1960s called Project Stormfury. The US "seeded" a few hurricanes in the Atlantic..with slight modifications noticed. The bigger problem was fear of altering the storm's path and potentially robbing someone of much needed rainfall. More importantly, hurricanes serve a very important purpose. Their formation and strength is not a random, chance development. Tropical systems form as a direct result of heat buildup in the oceans waters. The storms act very much like a relief valve. The stronger the storm...the more heat in need of displacement. Without the balancing of heat and energy the storms provide, there would likely be a surplus of latent heat buildup. Unchecked this could negatively effect the marine life, ocean currents, as well as weather patterns that are very important to the balance of nature. Reprogramming computers is one thing, doing it to nature is entirely something else.
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