And that will unsurprisingly have an effect on how winds propagate. Jacobson modeled three different hurricanes—Isaac, Katrina, and Sandy—plowing into a massive field of wind turbines. The wind speeds dropped by up to 90 miles an hour, which is enough to drop all but the most powerful storms out of the hurricane category. In fact, the huge fields of turbines were so disruptive that the wind speed started to drop before it even reached the turbines, meaning that in many cases, they could safely continue generating energy throughout the storm.
Part of me says, “Faster, please,” but another part of me wonders what might be the unintended consequences of implementing a technology powerful enough to stop hurricanes in their tracks.
This pushes into the realm of terraforming, but I don’t think anybody is really thinking about it that way. And do we really fully understand the role played by hurricanes in our atmosphere and climate?