Questions tagged [climate]

For questions about specific changes in the characteristics of the weather in a location. You should also consider the tags [weather] and [seasons].

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A meteor falls in a Mediterranean-like sea: what is the impact?

A meteor with a diameter of 300 meters crashes into the middle of a circular sea with a radius of 1500 km and with a speed of 30 km/s. Civilizations (and humanity as a whole) that are situated around ...
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Arcane Dome around a Continent

So in my home-brew world, the Gods basically put a giant, magical dome around an entire continent. Nothing can enter or leave except energy, so there are no concerns about green-housing. Bear in mind ...
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Would larger oceans stabilize temperature on a smaller planet with a thinner atmosphere?

I'm working on a planet with 75% of Earth's gravity, and I'm wondering how to get a stable climate despite the thinner atmosphere. I know a thinner atmosphere doesn't trap heat well, so the ...
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What should the Australian government do in the event of a sudden greening of the Outback? [closed]

Sometime in an alternate 2005, a handwavium science event creates a situation where excessive rainfall occurs throughout much of Australia. This event, now referred to as "the great rainfall"...
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Clothing against the wind

My people live in a tidally locked planet with very strong winds from the night side to the day side. Normally these winds are 50-70 km/h (around 30-45 mph) but they can easily reach 100-120 km/h (...
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Is this an accurate environment for life on a super Earth speculatively?

My alien planet is a super Earth. It revolves around a K-type star in the habitable zone and has a lower gravity. The mass is that of 2 Earths(or how ever superearths mass normally are).The atmosphere ...
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Could a hot desert plausibly exist in this location?

I'm attempting to construct a world such that a hot desert like the Sahara exists in the region outlined in yellow. The same map depicting prevailing winds (thick arrows) and ocean currents (thin ...
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What's the impact of an Australia-sized continent near South America?

I have an idea for a story set in an alternate world where an Australia-sized continent exists near South America, near Chile. Question: what would the climate of this world would be, if this ...
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Skyscrapers in colder climates

Basically the world I am designing gets really cold in the winter (coldest month of the year averages -75C in some inhabited areas). Because of this people dont really like to build small more ...
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How should planetary rings be to cause permanent and heavy thunderstorms on the full equatorial area of the planet?

The world in question is an Earth-like planet, with, for plot reasons, a permanently ongoing thunderstorm all over its equatorial line, in such way that's impossible to come across before a 1920-50-...
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Would scaling up the Tiwi islands for a setting maintain its bizarre weather patterns?

The Tiwi islands are 2 big islands off the coast of Northern Australia known for an event the locals call “Hector the Convector”. It is a cumulonimbus thunderstorm that happens every day from ...
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What is the altitude limit at which plants can grow on a low gravity planet?

(My Universe Sandbox Almost Terraformed Mars) How high can plants grow on a low gravity planet like Mars? Since lower gravity planets tend to have a greater height differences in terms of geography ...
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Knuckle-walk in snow / very cold climate

Is knuckle-walking efficent on snow / ice / thick snow ? Can a predator large as a polar bear evolve this? Is protecting the claw in such way, to far fetch considering the fact that the beast need to ...
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How would I calculate the greenhouse effect based on atmospheric composition?

Problem: For a known, but hypothetical planet orbiting a celestial body, how would I calculate the surface temperature after greenhouse gases? What I know about the planet as given: Planetary ...
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How would the climate work if there is only islands (not continents) in the earth? [duplicate]

I found this map : Now it keep me wondering: how would the climate of this world works? keep in mind, I only ask for climate here, about how this world came to be can be ignored. (I did plan to ...
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How would a medieval society clear a jungle?

How would a late medieval to early renaissance society clear a 200,000mi² jungle? This country is also a version of the Mexico-sized country referenced here, but much younger, and without the moving ...
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Extreme cold resistant flora

My world has no axial tilt. Therefore instead of having seasons from axial tilt it gets its seasons from actually moving farther away from its parent star. In the mid latitudes the temperature ...
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Does a Hell train running on brimstone have a smokestack?

I’m in a pinch to finish up my story’s cover art and I don’t know if my train has a smokestack, logically. This train runs in the planet Hell (see note) and uses liquid sulphur for the steam cycle. ...
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Two planets - "exchange orbit" scenario - Does it cause climate shift? [duplicate]

I have an earth-like planet with a roughly earth-like orbital period, that is in a stable co-orbital scenario with another largish body. Similar to Janus and Epimetheus but planets rather than moons. ...
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Valleys of Eternal Night on 0 degree worlds

After watching this youtube short, an idea occured to me. This town of Viganella is in darkness for 83 days per year because of the relatively low position of the sun in the sky. However, if the ...
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Why do people blow up here?

My organolithium environment planet needs to be chemically stabilized But I don't know which compounds could physically evolve on a planet to form an atmosphere and seas wherein humans would ...
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A dragon flash-heats a forest, how long does it take the forest to recover?

A closed-off dell ringed entirely by mountains is smothered in smoke at 900°F from a dragon. After suffocating the forest, a magical barrier seals them in. It is invisible but doesn't allow airflow ...
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Naturally flame-resistant forest climate for fire elementals?

I want to make a natural forest habitat where fire elementals (and possibly dragons, or other fey), who have recently arrived on earth, can use fire abilities without "burning down the house.&...
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Is my large tropical continent too dry or not dry enough?

I'm looking for a realism check on the climates of a Eurasia-like continent situated mostly in the tropics. I want to maximize tropical rainforests, savannahs, and hot semi-arid climates. Here is my ...
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Are the currents on this planet realistic?

The planet rotates east to west, which is the opposite of earth. Its days are about 27 hours.
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Climate in a really large canyon? [closed]

The idea I want to create a world/continent that includes several really large canyons (basically like valleys, but bordered by steep cliffs, not mountains). I'm flexible as to their depth, but ...
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Which would be the Koppen-Geiger climate distribution of this map?

The existence of closed seas makes it difficult to me, especially the East one. I have it clear that in the souteast region the climate would be influenced by monzoon, but if the world has only one ...
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How would the rings around a planet affect its climate?

The planet I am currently creating has a set of rings composed of iron dense rock, and other materials scattered throughout. The objects in the ring average about 20mm to 10in. I am wondering, how ...
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Can an Earthlike planet orbiting a K-type star have longer days and extreme thunderstorms?

The planet orbits a K-type star. Basically same gravity as Earth's, with similar atmosphere. I'd like it to have a 30-hour day, plus in my characters' region, occasional very bad thunderstorms. Think ...
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Using Magic Portals to make Artificial, Localized Seasons

Basically, in my world there are no seasons on any of the relevant planets due to no axial tilt or orbital eccentricity. However, there are two portals which allow for travel between a fairly hot ...
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Microclimates of Peaks of Eternal Light on a Earth Like Planet

Peaks of Eternal Light are hypothetical mountain peaks that exist on the poles of worlds with little to no axial tilt. My question is simply, if such a peak did exist on an earth-like planet, one with ...
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Reasonable placement of tectonic plates

Im working on this little hobby project and i've come to the stage where i want an actual world map. So id decided to use one of the mapgens out there untill i found one i was happy with: Now i have ...
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Why does the ITCZ "cling to" landmasses?

Edit: ITCZ: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intertropical_Convergence_Zone As pointed out in comments. I'm trying to figure out where exactly the ITCZ in my world will go (at least during its July-...
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How could the equator remain frozen? [duplicate]

If possible, what would need to be different for earth's equator to freeze over and remain that way? Here's what we know about the frozen ring: The temperature is below freezing for at least a few ...
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Weather processes on a flat world

I'm designing a flat world setting for a fantasy RPG, and I'm trying to figure out out how the climates and weather patterns would play out realistically (or at least semi-realistically) in such a ...
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What geological and climatic factors could result in a planet where the only biomes are oceans, deserts and wetlands? A wet OR dry world

Imagine a planet that sustains life, has oceans and continents plus an earth-like atmosphere; a planet similar to earth in most ways, but with only extremely dry and extremely wet biomes. Science ...
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The air is warmer at the top of the mountain. How?

I was thinking about a world where hot air rises to the extent that the top of the mountain is always warmer than the bottom. I guess this would be something like a permanent planet-wide inversion ...
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Would a longer PETM make Earth hotter than it was?

Sometime between the Paleocene and Eocene epochs, there was a mysterious, sudden, dramatic rise in global temperature. This moment in time was known as the "Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum",...
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Permantly Fog-Filled Canyon

I have a canyon, with similar size and shape to the Grand Canyon. The canyon is carved by a large river, similar to the Colorado river. I want this canyon to be filled with fog so thick that, if you ...
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What would climates look like on a world 1°C?

I am creating a world that is very cold (average of 1°C) and when I got to making the climates, I didn’t know what to do since the only climate tutorials I could find were for worlds around Earth’s ...
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Refugee actions due to climate change + water crisis in Bangladesh

A backstory for a science fiction novel I am writing involves mapping out some of the devastating consequences of climate change and a simultaneous water crisis in Bangladesh. I'm curious about your ...
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Can a desert and semi-desert be right beside each other geographically?

One of the countries in my novel is Semi-Arid, but I want it to become more like a hot and dry desert the farther West one travels (like the Sahara). Is this possible? PS. There are mountains to the ...
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What would the equator be like if Modern-Day Earth were as hot as the Cambrian?

This is a map of Earth's climate today: This is how the Koppen classification colors the particular climates, so I don't know why the lower latitudes were dominated by several shades of the color ...
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What would Inversia's climate map look like?

Inversia is a world conjured up by Chris Wayan that expands on the old "inverted Earth" trope. The instructions he made were as followed in this link: Mark the sea level carefully. Remove ...
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What would the climate of a Pangaea-Ultima-inspired world be like?

In a sci-fi scenario, human explorers have discovered a binary of G0 stars, each one 105% as wide, 110% as massive and 126% as bright as our sun. Orbiting this binary within its habitable zone is an ...
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Seasonal Weather in a Forest with Polar Night

I'm investigating the feasibility of a world where there are taiga forests located far enough north to experience a significant polar night, say, no civil twilight for at least a few months. Inside ...
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How would this atmosphere change the way weather works and therefor biomes

Is it possible to have a mostly jungle and swamp like planet with these characteristics: The planet is a mostly water with high amounts of oxygen much like the Carboniferous period on earth. 2 suns ...
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What would it take for a sky to remain completely violet or purple during the daytime? [duplicate]

I'm a fantasy author. I'm thinking about the setting in my next novel having something to do with a world that has purple skies during the daytime. I'm wondering how could this be done from a ...
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Altantropa vs Climate Change/raising sea levels?

Atlantropa was a geoengineering project to build a series of dams across the mediterranean sea to slowly drain it creating new land, satisfying the energy requirements of europe and even merging the ...
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How Do I Make Trappist-1g Habitable (in a fantasy setting)

This question is not about terraforming! (or atleast not technological terraforming) I am writing a fantasy story set in the (real) Trappist-1 system. I am trying to faithfully keep most of the ...
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