The potential consequences of a nuclear hurricane terrify specialists.

The strongest hurricanes can destroy cities. For example, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 killed more than 1,500 people, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 flooded vast areas of Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas and the northeastern United States.


In America, they thought: is it possible to stop destructive storms using the most powerful weapon on Earth? Will a hurricane be destroyed if bombs are directed against it? They can be delivered by plane or submarine. This was initiated by the American meteorologist Jack Reed. He tried to convince the world that blowing up a hurricane is a  sensible policy to deal with a dangerous natural phenomenon.

Jack Reed served in the Philippines in 1946 and flew eight typhoon sorties in B-29s. The force of the hurricanes probably influenced him. Until his death in 2007, he did not abandon the idea of ​​dealing with hurricanes. By the way, some people still adhere to his position.

Reed's original idea was only to mitigate the storms and change their trajectory, rather than completely eliminate them. He suggested that this could be achieved by using nuclear weapons in the air outside the epicenter of the storm. The explosion was supposed to affect the horizontal air circulation,  "shifting" the hurricane to the side. Later, Reed had the idea to completely destroy the hurricane by aiming the bomb in the center.


The main difficulty in using explosives to fight hurricanes is the amount of energy required. Fully formed hurricane can emit thermal energy at a rate of 5 to 20 x 1013 watts and convert at least 10% of the heat energy of the wind into mechanical, writes The National Interest citing several specialists . The release of heat is equivalent to the explosion of a nuclear bomb with a yield of 10 megatons every 20 minutes. 

Photo from the center of the 2019 "minor" Hurricane Dorian. Source: Twitter @ Dr. Chelsea

Thus, despite Reed's calculations, most of the truly dangerous tropical storms are simply stronger than nuclear bombs, so their damage will ultimately be minimal, the source says. But the consequences of a nuclear hurricane can be terrible both for the atmosphere of the planet and for people who will have to flee from the radioactive fallout formed after the explosion of the hurricane.