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RobPreston
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6/27/2014 | 12:08:43 PM
Half Baked?
I don't think this idea, as fascinating as it is, is baked at all, nor could it ever be. Even assuming that such a massive structure or series of structures would actually prevent or diminish tornadoes (big assumption), it'll probably just tick off Mother Nature in other ways -- who knows what other adverse weather patterns/conditiions it would create, in the Great Plains and/or elsewhere. Then there's the flawed economics: Millions of people aren't going to move to these structures with their surrounding shopping malls just because the government decided to build them in the middle of no where. Taxpayers (or mountains of more debt) would foot the entire bill. I won't even go into the aesthetics. 
Somedude8
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6/27/2014 | 12:05:58 PM
Punch Line?
I thought this was a joke, I kept waiting for the punch line!

This is about as good as dropping nukes in to Hurricanes, and any of countless other wacky schemes to control the weather. Imagine having a series of 1000 foot walls spanning the Great Plains. That would be a weird thing indeed.

Changing weather involves a scale that we are not able to deal with, and complexities far beyond our current understanding.
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