& STORM SYSTEMS
In 1998 GEO TECHNOLOGIES made its debut by redirecting hurricane Bonnie away from New York. In our innocence, we called the EPA to announce this, thinking it [Our homes, our lives] would matter to them at all. While they really didn't care much, we were absolutely thrilled with our results.
Our technology is so powerful, hurricane Bonnie actually distorted in shape
(left) as we literally pulled it off the U.S. coastline and back out to sea. The
storm's track is on the right.
Since then, GEO TECH has protected its home city from several hurricanes and other weather hazards. Whenever possible, this protection is extended to other areas as well. For almost ten years now we have developed this work, with techniques for redirecting a storm's trajectory and weakening its destructive power. Our results have been 100% effective, even when we thought they weren't. No side effects have ever resulted from the application of our technology.
Unlike most geologic processes, hurricanes develop and move fast, requiring constant monitoring and attention. Ideally, the storm we work on is crossing the Atlantic or Pacific in the open ocean, still far from land. In this case it is only a matter of changing the storm's direction. Pointing it northward
is usually best as the cooler waters there will cause it to weaken and die out naturally. In another scenario, where a hurricane has gotten too close to land and starts looking for a place to make landfall, it is only possible to turn it away with great effort. Land masses are a hurricane's playground.
WITH GEO TECH: Left, when hurricane Ivan threatened in 2004, we re-
directed the storm's landfall away from New Orleans and weakened its strength.
Note the zigzag pattern of the track as we pull it away.
WITHOUT GEO TECH: Right, 2005, unchecked, hurricane Katrina mows her way
across the city in a straight line at full cat. 4 strength. Areas like this, warm waters
with a snug gulf are particularly vulnerable to to strong hurricanes.
Gulfs and Bays are
especially vulnerable as they are a snug, natural harbor for such storms
to come into. If these waters are warm, the storm finds a home and quickly
revs itself up for the joyride inland. Our objective then becomes to weaken
the strength of the storm, delaying landfall at the same time. It is usually
possible to get a storm down two categories before landfall and down another
two immediately following landfall. As a hurricane crosses land and changes
into a tropical storm, our technology can also mitigate flooding,
rainfall, damage and power outages. In every case, death tolls from storms
GEO TECHNOLOGIES has worked on are significantly lower.
Tornadoes are a kind
of land based hurricane. In fact, hurricanes often give birth to tornadoes
after landfall. Although the process of development is different, the end
result is the same: a giant swirling mass of violent winds. Once formed,
there is little time for mitigation with a tornado. They move over land
even faster than hurricanes and are far more capricious as to what they
will do. The solution here is to work on the super cell thunderstorms that
generate the tornadoes, preventing that storm from developing to the point
where it will spawn one. Due to the speed with which these storms develop,
GEO TECH would depend on the client's local weather services for monitoring. For hurricanes, we do the monitoring ourselves. All the work we do on storms is done from our own location in New York. To read more about our past projects, use the BACK link at the top of the page.