When a typhoon is still on the ocean, if a big bomb or several bombs are thrown to it, maybe at the eye, or at the part where the wind circles fastest, can the bomb destroy the typhoon?

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    $\begingroup$ Why the down votes? It's a pretty interesting question, and an instance of the more general question: how stable are vortices against external perturbations? Seems to be a topic of current interest: see, e.g., arxiv.org/abs/1901.02815 and link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-011-0249-0_8 $\endgroup$ – Ruben Verresen Aug 10 at 11:20
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    $\begingroup$ aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html $\endgroup$ – Loong Aug 10 at 11:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Loong Nice link! "According to the 1993 World Almanac, the entire human race used energy at a rate of 1013 watts in 1990, a rate less than 20% of the power of a hurricane." Wowzers. I'm making that my new suggestion for green energy. $\endgroup$ – Ruben Verresen Aug 10 at 11:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Loong energy consumption is not the same thing as the energy to destroy a target. A brick on the road could throw an F1 car off balance. $\endgroup$ – athos Aug 10 at 11:29
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    $\begingroup$ @RubenVerresen Another link: Can we capture energy from a hurricane? $\endgroup$ – Chiral Anomaly Aug 10 at 16:54

No, it would just be a waste of money. The natural forces that fuel a typhoon, which absorbs energy from solar heated oceans, dwarf ordinary bombs into insignificance and are comparable but superior to the most powerful H-bombs ever tested (15 - 50 megatons). There is, of course, no question of dropping an exceptionally powerful H-bomb on a typhoon, that would only make things worse. As proof that typhoons derive their power from solar heated oceans, you need only observe their behaviour when they reach landfall. Their power rapidly dwindles away.

  • $\begingroup$ a bit disappointed.. $\endgroup$ – athos Aug 12 at 10:41

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