My organism has power to generate blizzards. It lives in a planet full of methane and insulating gases.

My question is as to how it could generate a blizzard biologically. What compounds would be mixed to allow it to create this effect?

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ What do mean by "generate a blizzard biologically"? Are you talking about sever snowstorms with sustained high winds lasting for a prolonged period of time? Or are you talking about a cool VFX that someone thought up to give someone an ice attack in a game, movie, show, or manga? $\endgroup$
    – sphennings
    Sep 10, 2021 at 14:03
  • $\begingroup$ Language ? It could be lightning is meant instead ? methane gas and insulators would do little with a blizzard (snow storm), the effect on lightning (range?) could be more obvious. $\endgroup$
    – Goodies
    Sep 10, 2021 at 14:52

1 Answer 1


If a horde of these creature could emit into their environment hydrochloric acid (HCl, or stomach acid) and baking soda (NaHCO3, a dry powder) they could create an area where the temperature would drop considerably. Creating an high pressure pocket of carbon dioxide filled air that would spread outwards. Creating both a sudden temperature drop and a chocking hazard.

This won't work well on a planet with temperatures much lower than room temperature.

There are more reactions like this but they involve substances in short supply to lifeforms on earth.


Comparing it to a hurricane:

If we start by looking at just the energy generated by the winds, we find that for a typical mature hurricane, we get numbers in the range of 1.5 x 10^12 Watts or 1.3 x 10^17 Joules/day (this is according to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.)

The reaction gives −40.5 kJ mol-1. That would mean that there has to been 3.2 x 10^12 mol of NaHCO3 and HCl in solution released. Assuming a high concentration of 30% HCL. That gives a weight of 653 milion tonnes.

653 milion tonnes of chemicals needed for a 1 day storm of freezing air.


Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .