The current supercomputer array at NOAA. Image supplied by NOAA.gov.
I have beenmeaning to share this new with you for weeks. The new supercomputers are not in production use as of now. The software is being ported over & there will be months of testing. The plan is for them to go into production forecasting in mid-2022.
That they went with Cray is understandable. They have been using Cray, a pioneer in supercomputers (if not ‘the pioneer’), since the 1970s. Their forecasting software is designed for Cray. I would assume that it would take considerable reprogramming to port it, optimized, for a different make of supercomputer.
I am pretty sure that a common-or-garden nuclear explosion would do the trick — BUT nuclear has to be OFF THE TABLE.
What we are trying to do is to create another area of low pressure to break up the atmospheric pressure patterns.
I did remember that there had been some work on this way back — and a quick Google on ‘Breaking Up Hurricanes‘ unearthed Project STORMFURY. But, they were NOT using explosives. I am thinking along the lines of the “Mother Of All Bombs” exploded over Afghanistan in mid-April 2017. Of course, you would do it while the storm was still over the ocean.
I am surprised we are not doing more research into this.
Aurora possibility map for this week from NOAA, displayed at spaceweather.com.
We were on our way home from Alton Central School (ACS) around 7:30pm tonight when I saw faint, but distinct green lights towards the West. Deanna and the kids so them too. We were on Rte 28 going West and pulled into Prospect Mountain High School to get a better view and make sure that it wasn’t reflected lights from an outdoor sporting event at Prospect. Nope, the school was dark. We could clearly see the lights. It wasn’t spectacular.Just a green glow. I just checked spaceweather.com, the source for aurora news. Yes, we could have had one. Better chance for a bigger show on Thursday. Just wanted to share in case others may have seen those green lights too. No, we didn’t have a camera with us.