“A Tornado BUSTER” for the Mid-West (May, 1931)

“A Tornado BUSTER” for the Mid-West
The above drawing illustrates the scheme proposed by Hans Kutschbach to prevent tornadoes in the Mid-west. This scheme, a modification of a similar project by Dessoliers, a French engineer, calls for the construction of a huge revolving cone that will serve to produce artificial whirlwinds, or potential tornadoes. The moist heated air from the surface of the lake swirls about the cone, then rises to the sky, thus equalizing the atmospheric pressure. The advantage of this scheme lies in the fact that the cone virtually holds the potential tornado stationary, so that it does no damage.

  1. Michael C says: October 3, 20116:10 pm

    How does making a stationary tornado, stop tornado that form on the other side of the town?

  2. Stephen says: October 4, 20117:16 am

    @Michael C: Get all the information you can about the tornado, go back in time two weeks, and build the tornado-stopper in its path. While you’re at it you can also warn everyone on the tornado’s path to board up their windows, and pick some bets to make yourself rich.

  3. qyooqy says: October 4, 20117:34 pm

    That thing would get so full of goose droppings, which would lead to an actual sh!tstorm!

  4. Daniel Rutter says: October 5, 201112:44 am

    No, no, no; it’s just a minor error in the labelling of the diagram. Where it says the artificial lake should be 2000 yards across, it should say 2000 miles.

    This makes the central cone a mere 528,000 feet high, but the system will still work perfectly.

    (By “perfectly”, I of course mean it will squirt all of the earth’s surface water onto the moon.)

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