Weapons Against Hurricanes – level 3

03-09-2019 07:00

Since the 1950s, people have wondered if nuclear weapons could destroy or weaken severe weather. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that it receives dozens of these questions every hurricane season, so it put up a web page explaining and debunking these ideas.

NOAA said that only 6% of storms in the Atlantic become hurricanes, and there is no way to predict when this will happen. Also, the radioactive fallout from a nuclear weapon on a hurricane would travel to land and cause serious environmental problems.

Recently, a news agency said that President Trump wanted to look into using nuclear weapons on a hurricane. However, he said that this was “fake news.”

Difficult words: severe (extreme, dangerous), debunk (disprove, explain why something is incorrect), radioactive fallout (the dangerous material that goes into the air, the ground, and water after a nuclear weapon explodes).

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