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Building three "Great Walls" across Tornado Alley in the US could eliminate the disasters, a physicist says.

The barriers - 300m (980ft) high and up to 100 miles long - would act like hill ranges, softening winds before twisters can form.

They would cost $16bn (

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This has already been ridiculed from all sides, and for good reason: the premise is faulty. Tornadoes start at altitudes high enough that surface features have little effect on their formation.

Ex: in 2012 there was a tornado at 11,900 feet on Mt Evans in Colorado, and in 2004 there was a tornado at 12,000 feet in Sequoia National Park in California.

Not to mention that on average Kansas is already about 1,000 feet higher than Oklahoma.

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Why not just create countertornados that spin in the opposite direction?

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Why not just create countertornados that spin in the opposite direction?

 

I would rather see science flip the earth upside down, so the tornadoes and winds just naturally move in the opposite direction. Let Colorado and Utah start feeling more of them and leave poor Kansas and Missouri alone.

 

Or create sharknados. Either thing works.

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Why not just create countertornados that spin in the opposite direction?

Or you can just take out your gun and shoot at the tornado :D

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Instead, we should work on building underground buildings and communities in those areas. (We would still have some stuff above ground)

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Stop the Earth from spinning and the winds from blowing. Problem solved! :rofl:

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Like the Wall of Life? Sure, that would work...

 

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how far in records do the US have with all these tornadoes. Have they getting stronger every year in the past 25-50 years or when you all playing cowboys and indians where they around.

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This has already been ridiculed from all sides, and for good reason: the premise is faulty. Tornadoes start at altitudes high enough that surface features have little effect on their formation.

Ex: in 2012 there was a tornado at 11,900 feet on Mt Evans in Colorado, and in 2004 there was a tornado at 12,000 feet in Sequoia National Park in California.

Not to mention that on average Kansas is already about 1,000 feet higher than Oklahoma.

 

Why would the height of ground level in comparison to the ocean factor into this? You should be looking at how many tornadoes are forming a few miles east of Mt. Evans, after the mountain has disrupted the wind and heat patterns.

 

That being said, I think this needs more research. Tornadoes start in high altitudes, but other factors besides wind speed and temperature influence tornadoes. For example, a lack of moisture has been found to disrupt tornado formation. 

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This has already been ridiculed from all sides, and for good reason: the premise is faulty. Tornadoes start at altitudes high enough that surface features have little effect on their formation.

Ex: in 2012 there was a tornado at 11,900 feet on Mt Evans in Colorado, and in 2004 there was a tornado at 12,000 feet in Sequoia National Park in California.

Not to mention that on average Kansas is already about 1,000 feet higher than Oklahoma.

 

Just blame Global Warming or whatever new trendy name it has these days, it's the reason for EVERYTHING weather related  now a days 

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Just blame Global Warming or whatever new trendy name it has these days, it's the reason for EVERYTHING weather related  now a days 

 

Wow so wait... One weather pattern has a bearing on the other...

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how far in records do the US have with all these tornadoes. Have they getting stronger every year in the past 25-50 years or when you all playing cowboys and indians where they around.

 

Recent phenomenon. Apple invented tornados in 1982.

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A wall like this should also keep the White Walkers out.

 

Not so crazy now, is it?

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Like the Wall of Life? Sure, that would work...

 

 

And that beast promptly got his butt kicked which means we're thinking about this wrong.  We don't need a giant wall we need GIANT ROBOTS!!!!

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Just blame Global Warming or whatever new trendy name it has these days, it's the reason for EVERYTHING weather related  now a days 

 

The name hasn't changed much since the 1890's.

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Easy. Just use this as inspiration :p

 

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how far in records do the US have with all these tornadoes. Have they getting stronger every year in the past 25-50 years or when you all playing cowboys and indians where they around.

They are endemic, especially to the to the Tornado Alley region (US southwest to midwest corridor), and have been for centuries. The word was coined by the Spanish settlers in the southwest and the far west, and they are also in Native American lore. Kako-u'hth
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I could understand the premise of this.  Here in eastern Kentucky we "rarely" get tornadoes.  However, in recent years, with things like mountaintop removal for coal and the widening of valleys to accommodate cities, we've seen an increase in tornado activity.  In 2012 West Liberty and Salyersville (my town) were pretty much erased by an F3 tornado, something that has never happened before.

 

The tornado that did hit us landed on a hilltop town with no real obstructions around (West Liberty), and just kind of bounced around.  Whenever it would run into a hillside, it would just jump over it.  My dad lives up a holler and said when the power went out, he didn't yet know what was going on, and watched the funnel cloud float over the narrow valley he lives in.  It wasn't until an hour or so later that word got out it was a tornado that had wiped out the town, which is why they lost power.

 

My point being, it does make sense that putting "something" in the way could at least divert tornadoes away from heavily populated areas, if it was big enough.  The problem would be predicting what path the tornadoes would be likely to take and keeping it from just jumping over your big wall and landing in the town anyway.  I can see people just erecting hundreds of these walls all over the place every time a tornado takes a new path of approach, without them every "really" accomplishing anything.

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Scientists are really making a lot of advancements in tornado research. For example, they were recently able to map patterns of this F1 tornado.

 

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Or we could try ...

 

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Microwaves could prevent tornadoes

Ben Eastlund, a former head of nuclear fusion research for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, intends to prove that man really can play god with earth

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Just bring in lots of tornado hunters like the guy below and we'll be good.

 

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What about dropping bombs on tornadoes to clear them up?

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Microwaves

well, that was stuff called HAARP ...

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What about dropping bombs on tornadoes to clear them up?

Good luck. The amount of energy it would take to disrupt a medium to large tornado would mean nukes, and then the blast effects would probably do more damage than the twister.

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