In theory it could work but let’s not forget Newton’s third law (each action has an equal and opposite reaction). The amount of momentum in a bullet is (pretty much) equal to the recoil you get - and that’s nowhere near enough to even knock a person over - so it’ll require a lot.
Fermi estimation (order of magnitude is all that’s important): A bullet weighs somewhere around 10g, and travels at about 1,000 m/s.
A tornado has wind speeds around 1/10th of a bullet’s speed but is a heck of a lot larger and it spins. The angular momentum is 0.5*mass*radius*wind speed. The diameter is around 1km, and we can model it as a cylinder of air to find the mass (using the density of air as 1kg/m^3 and height around 1km).
Blah blah, this gives an angular momentum of an absurd 6x10^13 kgm/s. If you fired a bullet at the absolute edge of the tornado, you would slow it down by 5,000 kgm/s.
Dividing the two results gives you a total of around 10 billion bullets.
@Pangbot, have you ever read XKCD.com's what if section?
If you like questions and answers like yours, it is really good -]
@Pangbot, Don't forget to account for fluid dynamics. A bullet won't be able to rob all the air it opposes of momentum because the air will just flow around it. So it would probably take exponentially more bullets than your estimate.
@Honaw Fierceclaw, Yes, I love them. I wish Randall got back to doing them once a week though.
@Yourself, That’s fair. Sadly we never did much fluid dynamics in my course so I took a rather simplistic approach for my estimate.
@Pangbot, So what you are saying is that we need a team of 10,000 M163 VADS firing continuously for 10 minutes... seems reasonable to me. Plus they are firing 20mm shells which weigh closer to 100 grams and travel at 1200 m/s
@Pangbot, dude... Is there any question you can't answer? Anime and now physics?? (I know absolutely nothing about physics because in high school my Chem teacher asked me to take AP Chem senior year instead of physics. In college I never had to take science because of that and the fact I'm a history major)
@EVILdrPORKCHOP3, Anime and Physics pretty much sums up my entire existence though. (Almost a month of anime under my belt and I have a Master’s degree in Physics, looking to get a PhD)
@Pangbot, hey congrats on the masters man! That's awesome, and good luck on the doctorate. I'm getting my bachelor's in history in a few weeks, then moving on to a J.D
@EVILdrPORKCHOP3, I just completed a J.D., good luck!
@Pangbot, I know how to make hand farts...
@Honaw Fierceclaw, congrats man! Thank you very much lol and NY
As part of my physics undergraduate, we worked this out. Turns out, you need around 1000+ nukes, dependant on size of said nukes and size of cyclone.
@MidshipFungus73, from a physics standpoint but realistically you'd only need one because nukes disrupt the atmosphere as well which would through off the tornado's spin. also tornados become stronger and wreaker dependent on the ground they're on (ie in CT you get a tornado that only last a second or 2 because of the hilly nature whereas in OK your same tornado would least much longer) so a single nuke would destroy the ground therefore destroying the tornado. force wise though, all other things being equal, it would take a buttload of nukes
I wouldn't be deafened, my nugget has a suppressor!
I like how the number of
"/k/ommandos" keeps increasing
Is this loss?
Am I the only one that had to take a double on that first picture?
Imagine being stuck, flying around in a tornado filled with thousands of bullets
...im now curious as to how much air would need to be displaced to dispel a tornado (even temporally). And how much explosive material would be needed to achieve this.