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Cambridge (MA) - Determining the difference between a level two and level three hurricane may be done in the future by measuring the sound instead of flying in airplanes in the middle of it at several hours throughout the day.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new, more cost-effective way of measuring the intensity of a hurricane.

Right now, the official way of determining hurricane strength is by sending in "hurricane hunters" that fly into the middle of the storm in durable airplanes, clocking the wind speeds as they pass.

However, according to MIT, the planes cost nearly $100 million each, and each individual flight costs around $50,000. This makes monitoring a single hurricane a very expensive ordeal, and the technology surrounding it hasn't changed all that much.
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So when are they gonna find a way to weaken a hurricane? Finding out the intensity by sound isn't gonna keep my house from getting destroyed again.
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i thought the title was going to say "MIT develops a way to measure stupidity" xD!
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So when are they gonna find a way to weaken a hurricane? Finding out the intensity by sound isn't gonna keep my house from getting destroyed again.
I dont think that is a good idea, messing with stuff like that could have even worse consequences, the simple solution to not being hit by a hurricane is dont live by the coast

But seriously i think they are researching how to divert/weaken storms but are more concerned about the consequences, at least with this system of measuring the sound your tax dollars can now go into helping the relief of hurricanes
    
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So when are they gonna find a way to weaken a hurricane? Finding out the intensity by sound isn't gonna keep my house from getting destroyed again.
A hurricane has more than 200x the world wide electrical capacity each day. I don't think you going to be stopping those anytime soon.
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So when are they gonna find a way to weaken a hurricane? Finding out the intensity by sound isn't gonna keep my house from getting destroyed again.
No, but a more continuous and efficient method of monitoring hurricane conditions will increase knowledge and contribute to research into hurricane resistant construction
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So when are they gonna find a way to weaken a hurricane? Finding out the intensity by sound isn't gonna keep my house from getting destroyed again.
Weather control technology is in development already. China i think it was is going to host the Olympics and to guarantee a bright, sunny day they are going to use rocket mounted "bombs" that take out clouds. However, rain clouds and hurricanes is like comparing an ant to an elephant in terms of power.
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Weather control technology is in development already. China i think it was is going to host the Olympics and to guarantee a bright, sunny day they are going to use rocket mounted "bombs" that take out clouds. However, rain clouds and hurricanes is like comparing an ant to an elephant in terms of power.
US attempted it in the past. All data so far suggest that it has negligible impact on local weather.
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US attempted it in the past. All data so far suggest that it has negligible impact on local weather.
Negligible on rain or on hurricanes?
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So when are they gonna find a way to weaken a hurricane? Finding out the intensity by sound isn't gonna keep my house from getting destroyed again.
Ah mate that sucks, looks terrible, the aftermath of a hurricane and what it does to peoples homes, sorry to hear it.

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No, but a more continuous and efficient method of monitoring hurricane conditions will increase knowledge and contribute to research into hurricane resistant construction
Umm, build houses out of bricks and mortar?
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