A report that President Donald Trump asked Homeland Security and national security officials whether the US could use nuclear bombs to disrupt hurricanes – and his subsequent denial he said – has drawn attention to where he may have found inspiration for the theory.
What is clear is that Trump's alleged proposal is not new.
It first came into existence in 1935 after a hurricane hit the Florida Keys, the Washington Post reported.
A group of Chamber of Commerce executives from around the state suggested that the government would start bombing before they landed.
Donald Trump destroyed a report on Monday asking if nuclear bombs could be used to stop hurricanes like & # 39; fake news & # 39 ;, and added: & # 39; I never said this & # 39;
& # 39; These storms are not just local threats, & # 39; said Clyde Elliot, the secretary of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
& # 39; They often reach Newfoundland before they pay out, so this check is really of national importance. & # 39;
Although it did not get a grip at the time, the proposal appeared in 1945 after the US dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
President Harry S. Truman received a letter from Herbert A. Frink, mayor of Miami Beach, urging him to consider the idea of protecting Florida beach residences against destructive storms.
Floridians even offered the government an area of 7500 hectares that could be used as a launch platform.
They were inspired by reports that when the atomic bomb was tested in the New Mexico desert, nearby storm clouds had disappeared.
But scientists immediately rejected this and pointed out that there was no evidence that the two events were connected and warned that the exploding of a bomb in a hurricane could make it worse.
The idea reappeared in the 1950s during the Korean War, but the US Weather Bureau – the predecessor of the National Weather Service – warned that & # 39; this is not time to waste hurricane bombs & # 39 ;.
After dropping an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, the US government began to consider the idea of using this energy as a hurricane killer
& # 39; The real problem we face today are not ways to eliminate hurricanes, but instead educate people to take full precautions when a storm occurs, & # 39; said lead predictor Grady Norton.
But the American government did not oppose this, which began to pay serious attention to hurricanes towards the end of the decade when meteorologist Jack Reed claimed that the huge amount of air raised by a bomb to heaven could lift the warm air for a hurricane in the stratosphere.
Reed speculated that this could weaken or delay a storm.
The interest of the government was revealed when the head of the US Weather Bureau said in 1961 that the agency was planning to investigate whether throwing a bomb into a hurricane could stop it, according to the Washington Post.
Replica & # 39; s of two atomic bombs, & # 39; Little Boy & # 39; and & # 39; Fat Man. & # 39; The original bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since then, the idea of using bombs to attack hurricanes has always appeared
Francis Reichelderfer said he could imagine the possibility of someday having a nuclear bomb explode on a hurricane far out at sea & # 39 ;.
He said nuclear weapons might be able to do something with a hurricane, but he wasn't sure if it would be good or bad, the Associated Press reported.
But the meteorologist said there were still major obstacles, including the millions of dollars that the tests would cost, and that the agency still had to study potential side effects and not acquire its own nuclear arsenal & # 39; until we know what we do & # 39; .
Although those concerns prevailed, the idea of mother nature to submission still emerges.
A satellite image shows how Hurricane Harvey landed on the Texas coast in August 2017. The storm caused $ 125 billion in damage
In 2004, Mary Aiken, an elected member of the Hernando County, Florida, commissioned military forces to combat hurricanes.
& # 39; These storms make me angry. There must be something that can be done. It is like a war. This state looks like Iraq, & she said allegedly.
In 2016 National Geographic reported that for decades government agencies have received questions about the preventive attack of hurricanes with nuclear weapons.
Although scientists have repeatedly warned about combining the powerful power of a hurricane with deadly nuclear fallout, the theory is popular enough that the government's own National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration had to create a whole FAQ about it in the category & # 39; Tropical cyclone myths & # 39 ;.
As the NOAA indicates, dropping a nuclear bomb on a hurricane & # 39; is not a good idea & # 39; since & # 39; this may not even change the storm & # 39 ;.
But more importantly, the organization says that & # 39; the released radioactive precipitation would move fairly quickly with the tradewinds to influence land areas and cause devastating environmental problems & # 39 ;.
The NOAA also notes that adjusting hurricanes with explosives would require a staggering amount of energy.
& # 39; A fully developed hurricane can release heat energy at a speed of 5 to 20×1013 watts and converts less than 10 percent of the heat into the mechanical energy of the wind, & # 39; says it.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that distorting a hurricane & # 39; not a good idea & # 39; is because it may not change the way of the hurricane and the radioactive fall would hit American shores with & # 39; devastating environmental problems & # 39; (file images)
& # 39; The heat output corresponds to a 10-megaton nuclear bomb that explodes every 20 minutes. According to the 1993 World Almanac, in 1990 all humanity used energy at a speed of 1013 watts, a speed of less than 20 percent of the power of a hurricane. & # 39;
Climate analyst and meteorologist Ryan Maue also tweeted on Sunday that & # 39; exploding a nuclear bomb in a hurricane would do nothing to disrupt the storm. You now have a radioactive hurricane instead. & # 39;
Robert Nelson, a physicist studying nuclear weapons, said it concisely: & # 39; It's just crazy & # 39 ;.
The idea to hit hurricanes also caused entertainment on social media.
& # 39; You cannot destroy a hurricane for obvious reasons. The resulting shock waves can resound in space, shatter the Phantom Zone and release galactic criminals into our atmosphere who then attempt to invade the Earth. I can't believe this is even a discussion, & joked writer and director Edgar Wright on Twitter.
Today, if he ever considered the idea, Trump would be guilty of the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty, ratified by the United States and the former Soviet Union in 1990, which limits the yield of non-military weapons to 150 kilotons .
Trump has had to deal with various hurricanes during his tenure.
Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico in October 2017 and Trump is still struggling with the consequences as island officials complain that he has not done enough to promote their recovery.
It causes $ 91.6 billion in damage to the Caribbean.
In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey landed in Texas and caused $ 125 billion in damage.
Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the US mainland since 2005.
In September of that year, Hurricane Irma caused more than $ 50 billion in damage in Florida.
President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and vice-president Mike Pence in Florida in September 2017 are informed about damage caused by Hurricane Irma
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