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Silly idea. But since a tornado is caused by hot low pressure air circulating (think "wind at your back, low to your left"), how about dropping a large "tank" of liquid nitrogen in font of one, and having it "blossom open" by means of explosive bolts once the tornado passes over... Yes, my physics is
sketchy.. My thought was that the tornado would draw in the cold nitrogen, and it would slow the beast. (or make it worse! I guess you don't know till you try)
[bungston, Apr 12 2005]
||Possibly an analysis of the energy in a tornado, and the energy that would be absorbed per unit liquid nitrogen, would reveal that you would need an unbelievably big tank.
||I remember reading once about the idea of using a nuclear bomb to disrupt a hurricane. Interesting trying to destroy weather like this.
||What effect would a tanker of liquid nitrogen have on a bushfire?
||If it were just one bush, I bet it would extinguish it completely. Unless the burning bush turned out to actually be God.
||A storm of this sort dissipates as much energy as a 8000 megaton nuclear bomb a day. We can't even build hydrogen bombs big enough to make dents in tornados, let alone collect enough ln2.
||I think you need to use judo tactics and
use the tornado's own force to destroy
it. All you need to do is pepper the
countryside with ginormous (or "vast" if
you prefer metric) concrete C-shaped
tunnel systems lying just below the
surface that capture the high-speed
winds at the edge of the tornado and
funnel them down, round, up and out in
the opposite direction. Then with a bit
of luck the tornado's peripheral winds
will be channelled into its centre, but in
the wrong direction, and it'll snuff itself
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||[bugston] But could God create a tank of liquid nitrogen so cold even he couldn't resist it?
||Cool idea. Maybe don't try this with
LOX though. Or don't try it with, say,
LOX and gasoline. (Picture tall flaming