Wednesday, October 17, 2007

U.S. Steers Hurricanes & Intensifies Drought

By covertly steering hurricanes away from the coastal U.S. this summer (2007) the U.S. avoided billions of dollars in storm related damage, but it also intensified global warming related drought conditions across the nation.

Once again covert weather modification may seem like a solution to the problems created by global warming, but it simply mask the problem - making it worse in the long run.

This from CNN:

Drought-related conditions included

• As of September 25, Pasadena, California, experienced its driest year since records began in 1878. Many California communities imposed water use restrictions.

• The Great Lakes, which together make up about 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water, have been in decline since the late 1990s. Lakes Huron and Michigan were about two feet below their long-term average levels, while Lake Superior was about 20 inches off, Lake Ontario 7 inches below and Lake Erie a few inches down.

• Maryland and Pennsylvania had about half of their counties under a drought watch. Many areas in upstate New York reported record low reservoir levels and dried-up wells and farm ponds.

• Alabama Power, the state's largest utility, has been operating some of its coal plants at significantly reduced levels to avoid raising water temperatures in the Coosa, Black Warrior and Mobile rivers.

• The Tennessee Valley Authority shut down Browns Ferry Unit II nuclear power plant due to inadequate stream flow.

• At the end of September, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a level four drought response across the northern third of the state, which prohibits most types of outdoor residential water use.

Controlling Path Of Hurricanes Means Controlling the Bermuda High

This from the Saint Petersburg Times:

In the early 1900s, meteorologists recognized that hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin moved north out of the tropics, unless they ran into an area of high pressure, which tended to move storms to the west. They saw that a large high pressure system, often centered over Bermuda, appeared to dominate the western Atlantic in the summer and fall. When the system shifted, the trade winds shifted with it.

Hurricanes can't go very far on their own, so they hitch rides on those winds. And just like a hitchhiker, a hurricane's limited transportation options can force it to take a circuitous route.

That's why hurricanes, no matter how powerful, don't take a straight course through the Bermuda High's inner core. Instead, they flow around the periphery, riding the high's strongest winds. Forecasters sometimes describe the storms as logs floating in a river. They go where powerful currents take them.

"In climatological terms, hurricanes are pretty small events compared to broader scale weather like the Bermuda High,'' Smith said. "They are like pinballs getting belted around by all the other factors."

In years when few hurricanes hit the United States, the massive system acts like a goalkeeper deflecting storms away from the coast, Smith said. Despite a significant increase in the average number of storms since the mid 1990s, a below average number struck the United States from 2000 to 2002. One main reason: The Bermuda High steered them away.

In those years, the Bermuda High sets up away from the coast of the United States. The position creates an "alley" between the system's western edge and the U.S. mainland.

Storms still travel west toward the United States along the Bermuda High's bottom or southern edge. But eventually the system's clockwise rotation turns the storms north into the alley.

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Using Cloud Seeding To Manipulate the Bermuda High

By using covert cloud seeding continental fronts are manipulated to keep hurricanes headed away from the U.S., but as we see above drought conditions only worsen.

The U.S. finds itself trapped between two choices: allow global warming intensified super hurricanes to hit the United States, or steer hurricanes away from the U.S. and watch as sustained global warming intensified droughts ravage the mainland.

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