2 gonzo ideas for slowing down a hurricane that might actually work

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Scientists are looking into ways to weaken hurricanes early on.

Hurricane Michael is expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Florida’s Gulf Coast.

As heavy winds from Hurricane Michael begin to lash Florida’s Gulf Coast, forecasters are urging residents of the panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast to prepare for life-threatening storm surge and flooding.

With so much potential devastation, one may wonder whether anything can be done to stop Michael in its tracks.

It’s quite a daunting challenge, given that the average hurricane’s wind energy equals about half of the world’s electricity production in a year. The energy it releases as it forms clouds is 200 times the world’s annual electricity use.

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Al Gore Personally Apologizes for All the Cold Weather

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The hand of God has somehow gotten in Al Gore’s way

Over the past few months the number of articles on global warming have dropped precipitously and have now stopped altogether.

Speaking at a “Farmers Who Hate the Weather” conference in Fargo, ND, former VP Al Gore admitted, “I don’t know what went wrong. It’s like our efforts have been so effective that we have over corrected.”

Bitterly cold air and howling winds spread across the USA — from the Dakotas to Florida— over the weekend, breaking weather records in the upper Midwest, the Great Lakes and New England.
The wintry blast even shocked International Falls, Minn., the self-described “Icebox of the Nation,” where temperatures bottomed out at 37 below zero Saturday and Sunday mornings, breaking records that have stood since 1979. Sioux Falls, S.D., was 30 below on Saturday morning, the coldest temperature recorded since 1974.
“We basically have an anomalous high-pressure system that came out of Canada and brought some really cold air with it,” reported Jennifer Laflin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sioux Falls.
After a slight moderation early this week, yet another cold air mass — likely even colder than this one — is poised to invade the entire eastern two-thirds of the USA by later in the week, said Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Ressler.
The unusually powerful high-pressure ridge causing the current freeze is holding at bay warmer air from the west and allowing frigid air to spill directly south from north-central Canada across the Midwest, Laflin said.
Snow was the main issue over the weekend in much of New England and the interior Northeast, where nearly 3 feet blanketed Burlington, Vt. The 31.8 inches of snow recorded as of Sunday afternoon represented the city’s all-time biggest snowstorm in 120 years of recordkeeping, according to the weather service’s Scott Whittier in South Burlington. Snow was still falling late Sunday in Burlington.
The cold air had marched all the way down the East Coast into south Florida by Sunday, where freeze warnings were issued for nearly the entire state for today.
Robert Ritchey, a tomato grower in Alva, Fla., said temperatures dipped to 39 degrees in his 3-acre fields Saturday night. “I ain’t lost any (crops) yet, and I don’t want to,” Ritchey said.

Bitterly cold air and howling winds spread across the USA — from the Dakotas to Florida— over the weekend, breaking weather records in the upper Midwest, the Great Lakes and New England. And Gore has been sitting on the sidelines in stunned amazement wondering what to do next.

“I’ve spent most of my life warning people that the earth’s temperatures are rising, and that global warming is one of the earth’s greatest problems. I have no clue what the hell went wrong,” admitted Gore.

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China Planning Massive Weather Modification For Olympics

China Planning Massive Weather Modification For Olympics

To prevent rain over the roofless 91,000-seat Olympic stadium that Beijing natives have nicknamed the Bird’s Nest, the city’s branch of the national Weather Modification Office–itself a department of the larger China Meteorological Administration–has prepared a three-stage program for the 2008 Olympics this August.
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