A New Debate Over Steering Hurricanes

Search U.S. Yahoo! In theory, the idea is simple: Lower the temperature of the clouds, and scientists could weaken a hurricane or even alter its path. In one scenario, airplanes would spread a layer of soot into the icy clouds at the top of a storm system, cooling them further and slowing the winds. Hurricane Fran heads toward Florida on Sept. 4, 1996. Hurricane Katrina has sparked renewed interest in weather and atmospheric modification, a discipline that has been around for more than a half century and is used to stop hail in North Dakota and western Canada and to change rain patterns in many countries. Now, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, which helps agencies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is expressing an interest in the science of hurricane modification. Enter hurricane researcher Joseph Golden, a veteran of Project Stormfury, the federal government's last foray into weather modif...
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7.7.08 18:53

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