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   Too thoroughly choke off the downdraft that internally powers the tornado (and the super cell of clouds that surround it or whatever is powering it) we may need to hit it in two places at once. If the distance to be traveled by the rocket is the hypotenuse of a right triangle made by the base of the tornado, its highest visible point and the ground level location of the rocket launcher. Then, the 3/4 mi. rocket is set to detonate at the highest visible point of the tornado, say 800 ft. This would be a starting point for F0 and F1 size tornados. The debris field is relevant. Then the 1 mile rocket could be angle preset to detonate at 3600 ft. Since the 1 mi. rocket has further to travel it should be fired 1 second before the 3/4 mi. rocket. Tornados can form both horizontally and vertically. It's mostly the water vapor weight that anchors the tornado to the ground. Remove the water vapor from the tornado equation and the tornado is reduced. Fill the cloud wall or funnel cloud with water burning flares and the chance of tornado reduced! (note: the flare should burn out long before it returns to earth) (1) Let's just concentrate on the highest visible point.

     Ordinance is unspecified at this time. But in laymen terms 5 sticks of 8 inch dynamite is a good starting point. What we want is massive sudden expansion, no projectiles of any kind. But the blast needs to be big enough to disrupt wind speeds of 200 m.p.h., 293 ft. per sec. ( When full of rain that would make it a ~ 15-200 rpm router/ vertical tidal wave that could bump into your house at speeds > 60 mph.) Todays high explosives can detonate at rates of 1000 to 10,000 yd. per sec! So if a tornado had a circumference of 1000 ft. And wind speed of 200 mph then it would take about 4 sec. per rotation. If a blast had a sustain of 1 sec. then it would require ~ 4 blasts to sever it. If it where .5 miles across, with 200 mph wind, 8 times as large, it would require 28 blasts. [200-300 ft. blast diameter] WoW! that sounds like some massive blasting! Still, I'm down with it, until we get a handle on it. We don't want to throw cherry bombs at it. It would warrant military protocols. Including magazine storage. And after 9-11 all involved will have to be very law biding, safe, trustworthy and security cleared. C4 is a likely explosive.

     Unexploded ordinance would have to be retrieved. Could a rocket go astray, say toward a structure!? This would be problem. The technology available now in rocketry could allow us to put a computer chip on the rocket to make it adjust for air density. They might be able to make a rocket that flies around the tornado and sprays nitrogen on it and freezes the tornado. What is gleaned from any effort could be fantastic. Note, the Patriot Missile knocked down one of our jets   during Desert Storm, this looks like a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Let's not go here anymore. Whenever  NASA has an accident, to a women they say," fix the problem". This isn't callousness on my part, its belief in the cause and they give their lives willingly. 

Could there be airplanes flying through the cumulonimbus clouds? We can warn them of our intentions with aircraft frequency radio. We could also bracket the area with starburst (4th of July type) flares, as a warning, and added precaution. What about people on the ground? We'll find a safe minimum height for explosion. The building where the vehicle is stored will need to rate as a magazine.

I believe this task could be accomplished with 3 fulltime people. A driver, a shooter and a computer man. One of the three should be a meteorologist.

An armored truck with a multiple rocket launcher mounted on top. A computer with weather down link and printer. Rockets 30 plus 30, warning rockets 30 each. Hi 8 video camera, VCR, radio-aircraft 2 way, 3 cell phones. Laser distance finder, 2 mile range. Maps, satellite locator, leased car for local use. A light cannon for night fighting. Sorry, I took for granted the mobile radar unit, Doppler On Wheels (DOW). It would be essential for pin point info. as to what's going on in the thunderhead.

The rockets will be ordered to specification and tested. The armored car needs to have a rocket launcher
mounted on top and must swivel 360* and point 90* up and lock into position. A rocket rack and extra gas tanks.

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(1) This company makes (has) flares.

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