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Despite wacky ideas, no hurricane solutions on the horizon

Hurricane Dorian has come, gone and created a lot of damage to property and to the economy. And nobody will miss Dorian except the TV news shows that managed to inundate us with storm coverage. What would these people do if we could prevent hurricanes? Lucky for them, we probably can’t, although a lot of thought has been given to the subject. One of those thinking about hurricane prevention was President Trump, who thought that nuking hurricanes while they are forming might be a good idea. That sounds pretty loopy — except that scientists have long considered it and some other seemingly crazy options. Other possibilities? Flying supersonic jets in concentric circles around the hurricane’s eye. The theory is that the sonic boom ...