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Megan PoeApril 12, 2024

Considerations behind catastrophic Dorian

At this point in time, the devastating hurricane Dorian finally left alone the Bahamas. Unfortunately, it’s heading toward the East Coast, and it’s got another thing coming from me if it dares to touch my childhood timeshare in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Locked into the Bahamas, for 15 hours, Dorian collected winds of over 180 mph, but traveled at 1 mph; observed to be one of—if not the—slowest hurricane in history.

Why is it moving at such a slow pace? Is there a reasonable explanation? Is this because of climate change? I’m no scientist. In fact, I’m a writing major. But I’m going to do my best to unravel these questions from what I’ve researched and hope to spark interest in others to look into this further and consider all odds.

Dorian is thought to be moving so sluggishly because of conditions in the atmosphere. This might sound rhetorical, but a lot of people don’t realize how a hurricane is driven.

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Though no one is entirely sure what caused Dorian to move so slowly, a lot of explanation stems from climate change, a rather overused term these days.

In an article by CNN titled, “Climate change makes storms like Dorian more dangerous,” they stated that while the storm was not caused by climate crisis, they do know that climate change is worsening the impact of storms, like Dorian, with higher storm surges, increased rainfall and rising storm intensity.

It seems to me that though climate change may be a consideration, it’s not quite the root cause for what we don’t know about Dorian.
Conspiracy theorists and skeptics are not being held back as another hurricane in the news is enough for a new suspicion.

One of these conspiracies revolving Dorian includes weather modification. This is the intentional act of controlling or altering the weather.

The most common form of this, however, is cloud seeding. This increases rain or snow, which can be used for manipulating water supply. But is there something more to this idea?

Is it possible that we’re capable of achieving more with this technology and could we really be able to control hurricane Dorian?

I would assume, if that were the case, the hurricane wouldn’t plant itself to increase devastation but would be sent away from our country and civilization to dissipate into the waters it came. So that can’t be it, right?

Looking further, we’re also capable of triggering lightning. Additionally, storms are able to be created on demand because of the ability from these same laser beams to activate large amounts of static electricity.

According to an article by CBS news that shared a study from the University of Arizona and the University of Central Florida, aiming a high-energy laser beam into the clouds can manipulate this weather. Freaky, huh?

The unpredictable Mother Nature will continue to surprise us until the end, but there isn’t evidence to rule out all possibilities at hand, even if we have all fingers pointing back at ourselves.

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