Scientist Develops Plan To Stop Tornadoes In Oklahoma

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A scientist says he has come up with a solution to protect the Midwest from tornadoes.

You’ve heard of the Great Wall of China?

Well, this physicist’s solution is similar; the Great Walls of Oklahoma, Louisiana, North Dakota and Texas.

Temple University physicist Dr. Rongjia Tao said, ”If we build three east-west great walls in the American Midwest, one in North Dakota, one along the border between Kansas and Oklahoma to the east and the third one in south Texas and Louisiana, we will diminish the tornado threats in the Tornado Alley forever.”

The USA Today reported, Dr. Tao said the walls would need to be 1,000 feet high and 150 feet wide.

Dr. Tao told the USA Today the tornadoes in the Midwest are created during violent clashes between northbound warm airflow and southbound cold airflow.

He said the supercells are created because the Midwest doesn’t have west-to-east mountains to weaken the airflow.

Dr. Tao said he believes the walls would stop the north-to-south airflow which would essentially prevent the tornadoes from forming.

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  • Kaycee

    I’ve heard all my life if a tornado gets in the river valley it would wipe it out before it dies down. What does this scientist think. It would be the same effect as the mountains now. Does he not want oklahoma around ?

  • Robert Murchison

    If this was true then why do tornadoes also form in states with hills and mountainous terrain? Let us look at practical ways to save lives and not ways to build borders between states. If one really and scientifically looks at this guy’s wall proposal it could cause more problems than what would supposedly save lives. I also hear that building the walls would cost 20 billion dollars per 100 miles. How many miles are we talking about people for the locations this person is suggesting?

  • Debbie

    My question is this. How is a wall going to stop an F5 tornado…and have the same effect that mountains do? And, if the material used to construct this wall COULD withstand an F5, then why not use that material to strengthen schools, homes, businesses, etc? I think this is yet another harebrained scheme designed to siphon off research funds.

    • mack

      @debbie his idea (however hairbrained it might be) is to stop F5’s from ever starting. Not stopping them once they’ve started.

  • Frank Marglon

    Build underground. An F5 will blow down everything above ground. Large underground structures wouldn’t be effected.

  • John

    A tornado can be 8 miles high, from ground to the top inside the cloud. A hill, or “Great Wall” is not going to make much difference. Also, if the goal is to “shut off” the flow of warm, moist air from the Gulf of MX into the plains states, then such a wall would need to be a lot higher. Then you’d lose most of your normal rainfall with no moisture coming in. Just saying. You would need something like the Rocky Mountains in the way to have an effect.

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