Could a tornado be dissipated with explosives?
-- Kenneth Deering, Springfield, Ill.
Meteorologist Roger Edwards of the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has these comments. “The main problem with anything which could realistically stand a chance at affecting a tornado (e.g., hydrogen bomb) is that it would be even more deadly and destructive than the tornado itself. Lesser things (like huge piles of dry ice or smaller conventional weaponry) would be too hard to deploy in the right place fast enough, and would likely not have enough impact to affect the tornado much anyway. Imagine the legal problems one would face, too, by trying to bomb or ice a tornado, then inadvertently hurting someone or destroying private property in the process. In short — bad idea!”