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Taming a Hurricane

PostedJuly 29, 2005

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A new mathematical model suggests the size of water droplets thrown into the air by waves affects hurricane strength—the bigger the drops, the faster the winds. Alexandre Chorin, at the University of California, says large droplets falling back into the sea smooth air turbulence—taking the brakes off  wind and allowing it to blow up to eight times faster.  Chorin thinks hurricanes might be tamed by spreading harmless, droplet-inhibiting chemicals in their path.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.