Thursday, March 15, 2007

Astounding fact of the day, found whilst browsing Wikipedia, inspired by a post from Timmy.
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research estimate that a tropical cyclone releases heat energy at the rate of 50 to 200 trillion joules per day. For comparison, this rate of energy release is equivalent to exploding a 10-megaton nuclear bomb every 20 minutes or 200 times the world-wide electrical generating capacity per day.

The sheer power and energy inherent in natural events is often mindboggling. Can we really be affecting such massive-scale systems?

3 comments:

CityUnslicker said...

yes, have you considered hwo think the atmosphere really is campared ot the surface area of the earth?

Myrddin Wen said...

Ticking Tony certainly would have us believe Greeeeen Taxes on air travel, rubbish collection and banning the humble lighty bulb will quell Mother Nature.

Manmade Global Warming will be solved by taxation, oh yea.

And not by the simple expediency of ooohhh, changing their belief in it later, oh nay.

Meanwhile, we are obliged to pay our tithe to the high priests of CO2 to Save The Earth for All Mankind.

Klaatu! Burada Nicto!

Neal Asher said...

I love the way the figures are given a nice spin. The CO2 is measured in ppb or in tons. Note how the AGW believers always avoid the percentage: 3% total and about 0.1% human caused.