A group of Israeli scientists may hold the key to reducing a hurricane’s destructive potential. The team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem believe distributing smoke particles within a tropical storm will reduce wind speed, and so too the storms destructive power.

Hurricanes draw their energy from the warm evaporative conditions found over tropical oceans.  Water evaporating off the warm ocean condenses and forms rain, releasing further heat energy as it falls.

When injected within the lower altitudes of the hurricane, smoke particles force water to prematurely condense, the droplets from forming rain.  The small droplets are then swept into the outer winds of the storm, freezing and undermining the power within the center of the hurricane.

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