Scientists may nip hurricanes in the bud with this tech

Apr 30, 2018, 6:33 AM EDT
(Source: The National Guard/flickr)
(Source: The National Guard/flickr)

A team of researchers in Norway is testing a new technique to stop the formation of hurricanes right at the ocean hot spots where they originate from.

The concept involves laying down perforated pipes horizontally into the ocean areas where tropical cyclones form. As compressed air is pumped into the pipes, bubbles are released carrying cool water to the hot ocean surface, notes Fanatical Futurist.

Formation of hurricanes requires a minimum water temperature of 26.5° C but the technique cools off the surface. While the system would involve hefty investment for large-scale deployment, it could pay dividends by reduction in loss of life and property, given that hurricanes caused damage worth $250 billion in North America alone in 2017, writes Forbes.