As the 2019 hurricane season begins, many people have lots of questions. One long-standing questions ‘Can we nuke a hurricane to stop it?‘ recently came up in policy making circles.

In a recent interview in USA Today, Dr. Corene Matyas explains why it would be a bad idea to nuke a hurricane:

Hurricanes produce so much more energy than a single bomb…The scale is a huge mismatch…It would take upward of thousands of explosives to alter a storm’s wind speed…People just don’t understand how energy works and the scale of energy.

Read the whole interview at You can’t nuke a hurricane to stop it, as Trump reportedly suggested. Here’s why in USA Today.



Doctoral students, Carly Muir and Ryan Good, have been selected to participate in the NASA DEVELOP Program during summer 2019 through Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, DEVELOP addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to address the challenges that face our society and future generations.

Ryan and Carly are both working at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this summer. Ryan’s project focuses on evaluating drought indices to enhance early warning systems in Kenya, and Carly’s project is analyzing flood risk in coastal communities of Central America after natural disasters, such as tropical storms, tidal flooding, and tsunamis.

To learn more about NASA DEVELOP, visit