Destroying Killer Tornadoes

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A method for termination of tornadoes – as soon as they are noticed on radar and long before they can touch down to become destructive – is proposed.

In the US more than 1,000 tornadoes ‘touch down’ annually, causing significant damage. Current technology cannot predict which events (storms) will become tornadoes. What is known: a supercell formation within an event is a necessary condition, before a tornado develops (Figures 1,2,3 in Picture-1); but exact conditions required for a supercell to become a tornado are unknown, thus all nascent supercells (which exhibit characteristic Doppler radar ‘hook’ signature) must be tracked and targeted in the available time, treating each as a potential calamity.

The designed solution has three steps:
A. Observation, analysis, computation/simulation of each target event (storm)
B. Launching a designed attack on the event (safe explosives and other methods)
C. Result analysis.

Details of Solution

A) After identification (radar) target event is analyzed and vital parameters (energy) used to:
i. Estimate primary armaments/devices required to be deployed; then arrange for their launch;
estimate required secondary energy values and sources, and prepare to deploy & control them; these estimates would be simulation-assisted where feasible.

ii. Launch the primary controlled explosive devices – to infiltrate event and await detonation
( ‘arming’ the event - see Figure 4 in Picture-1 ) to destroy the event; done via mobile launchers - specialized large trucks with the required communications, command and control systems; ‘primary’ devices to be designed. These vehicles ( Figure 6 in Picture-2) also command the secondary sources.

iii. Commence detonation sequence for primary airborne devices (feasibly automated in some cases). Visual confirmation and airborne-intelligence is essential.

iv. Deploy any secondary energy sources - could be microwave, laser, plasma sources or other – launched from aircraft (manned / unmanned) flying in the safe vicinity of the event and/or sourced from above the atmosphere (satellites designed for the purpose). This secondary barrage is optional; aimed at the upper layers of the event (colder air masses) to assist in the operation; uses latest technology in communications, satellites , energy beams.

B) On execution, explosions radically alter event by utilizing gaseous agents within etc., assisted by secondary intense energy beams, ensuring that conditions no longer favor stability of the event; the estimated energy must be delivered within time available to the operation. Use of secondary energy is potentially more complex – requiring wider airspace control.

C) Results: either success, or , another iteration is required on the same event.
Partial success could result from changes in vital stats of event, or from inaccuracy in any estimations/calculations/launches performed in prior iteration.

The solution is iterative – more attempts yield more data allowing faster success with the next tornado. Operation safety is of utmost importance – non-toxic explosive devices/methods are to be designed and higher altitudes targeted.

Potential benefits: very cost-effective, since even partially successful solutions would save lives. Reasonable to expect that eventually, property damages drop to negligible levels by the timely destruction of cloud events.


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  • Name:
    Vijay Kumar
  • Type of entry:
  • Vijay is inspired by:
    PBS Video on Tornadoes for this solution.
  • Software used for this entry:
    PC tools
  • Patent status: