I am familiar with the concept of cloud seeding, where precipitation can be induced with aerosols, thereby altering storm intensity further downwind. Are there methods that could be used to drastically alter storm wind intensity or storm direction? What technology could theoretically be developed in the future that used satellites, ocean networks, balloons, or other devices to curb strong winds (e.g. tornadoes or hurricanes) so that populated areas could be protected. Or is a strong storm simply too large scale of an event to be altered significantly by humans?

  • $\begingroup$ I think storm is too general term in my opinion. Both tornadoes and hurricanes function at different scales of space and time and hence need to be considered separately. $\endgroup$ – Vikram Jul 29 '14 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ Also rather than trying to counter the winds when the storm is at its maximum, it is better to stop it in its earlier stages of formation. As you mentioned, cloud seeding is can be used, but only on the very initial stages when the storm is spatially small and can be controlled. But how do we find out, if a storm is forming at a certain place and time?This is where the means you mentioned (satellite, weather balloons, ocean buoy networks etc) comes into play. These tools provide us with the mealtime data which when fed to a model, can be used to used to predict the genesis of a storm. $\endgroup$ – Vikram Jul 29 '14 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Vikram I realize that tornadoes and hurricanes are completely different weather phenomena, but I am trying solicit any and all ideas that could be used to curb severe storms. I like the idea of using models to predict storm genesis and intercepting them early... but I am wondering HOW we might actually curb them. $\endgroup$ – farrenthorpe Jul 29 '14 at 20:10
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    $\begingroup$ I also tried looking for answer to HOW. There were many wild ideas, like nuking a hurricane but the only interesting one i found was a study where they put a layer of oil over the water surface, which prevents the evaporation and hence the heat exchange on which a hurricane thrives. I really think it could work but then putting oil in ocean is not a good idea afterall. You can read about it here - web.mit.edu/hurricanelab/BostonGlobe.pdf . $\endgroup$ – Vikram Jul 30 '14 at 8:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Vikram Could you briefly list a few of those "wild ideas" and otherwise in an answer? $\endgroup$ – farrenthorpe Jul 31 '14 at 0:54

IRI's (Ionospheric Research Instrument or HF Radio Transmitter) can be used to excite specific areas of the ionosphere. The resulting heat creates a high pressure system that can be then be used to push the jet stream or prevent it from moving. This is the type of equipment that world powers had in mind when they signed the Kyoto Protocol 50 years ago (banning weather warfare). Its also what the USAF had in mind when they wrote the manual "Weather as a Force Multiplier. Owning the Weather by 2025".

According to the USAF and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencies (DARPA) very own website, HAARP is designed to excite the ionosphere. This results in a super heated mass that expands outward, and therefore creating a high pressure system.

High pressure systems whether natural or man made have a direct impact on the path that a weather system will take. The jet stream will take the least path of resistance for example. When it encounters a high pressure system it is forced to take a different path. A high pressure system acts like the bumpers on a pin ball machine. This isn't a theory, it is meteorological science.

Whether or not the system is used for good or evil is another, unrelated topic.

I provided several references to credible sources that explain this technology in my previous answer. I will add to the list as you requested and hope that the additional references and citations adequately address your concerns.

USAF manual “Weather as a force Multiplier. Owning the Weather by 2025” can be found here:


United States Patent # 4,686,605 can be viewed on the US Patent offices website and offers a full description of the capabilities of the system:


The USAF’s official website that describes the installation has apparently been removed in anticipation of the planned disassembly of the installation. But archives of the website can still be found here:


Wikipedia's article on the topic can be found here:


And here's another article on Wikipedia that should illustrate the seriousness of weather warfare technologies and the precautions that various countries have taken to prevent abuse of the technology.


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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for the response. I would also suggest you work on one answer rather than three. When I asked for references, I meant scientific publications. If you look at the first reference you posted, you will see that it is not in any way endorsed by USAF, and is actually an essay written by students. It is very wishy-washy and hypothetical, and basically says "if we could control the weather, we could dominate the battlespace". Further, wiki articles you provided do not support the claims you make. HAARP is real, but can it be used for weather modification? Hardly any. $\endgroup$ – milancurcic Sep 10 '14 at 21:43

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