|MadSci Network: Environment & Ecology|
I don't believe so. First of all, in order to have a hurricane you need lots of moisture. This means hurricanes occur over the tropical oceans where it is warm and moist. You need lots of solar energy to get those cyclonic cells going. However, if it were possible to get these cells going over Africa, they would be linked to regional circulation patterns. Regional flora, like tropical rain forests, have been known to affect cloud formation overhead. So it's possible that if a hurricane formed over the continent of Africa, forests would affect their formation. But how much and in which way is unpredictable. As for your second question, current weather predicting technologies are pretty dismal. Due to stochastic factors (the butterfly in the forest flutters its wings to change a gust to change the...)in modelling, a six day weather forecast is about as good as it gets. Weather controlling is impossible today and I doubt it will ever be so within the next 500 years.
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