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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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What amount of heat would be necessary to evaporate the oceans? Can his heat threshold be reached if there were no ozone layer? [on hold]

The problem in my fictional future Earth was: almost the entire ozone layer disappeared due to a massive release of CFCs in the atmosphere. I was trying to calculate if this would lead to the oceans ...
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At what altitudes would clouds form to produce rain on this world and with what general severity?

Planetary surface: | 71% Ocean (H2O) | 29% Land | Atmospheric composition: | 2% Trace gases | 58% Nitrogen | 26% Oxygen | 11% Argon | 3% Carbon dioxide | Average surface temperature: 36 ...
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Could a comet cool down global tempatures? [duplicate]

In warlords I wanted Terrans to have a fad of big (synthetic) fur jackets, but I didn't want too have everyone running around in winter clothing for no good reason so the solution my mind instantly ...
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Effects of 6 hours days on my planet

One of the planets I am working on is supposed to have a day of about 6 earth hours long & I’m wondering what effects this will have on its surface and climate. Also, I don’t know if this is ...
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Could Quasi-Europe Exist in the Southern Hemisphere?

In all fantasies that I'm aware of, the setting is in the northern hemisphere (noted by frozen north and barren south). So... Could advanced civilizations exist on a continent that's located in the ...
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Planet with intense seasons

What kind of planetary conditions would be required to make a place with really intense winters and summers? Is it even possible? For example on the poles they can go with out the sun for half a year ...
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Subtropical Ridges on a Cold Planet?

I am working on the realism of a fictional planet which has an average temperature lower than that of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), and possesses a single large supercontinent rather than ...
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Would the melting of ice islands affect the weather across the seas?

I've studied a little about glacial melting and temperature changes in sea currents and worldwide. I couldn't find any definitive answer and since I'm no expert on this matter I'm a bit confused. The ...
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A Mountain appearing in the desert

What would happen if a mountain just appeared in a desert? This would happen by magical means, but what would happen to the surrounding ecosystem if a large mountain just appeared in the middle of a ...
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Weather and climate of tidally locked, inhabited moon with oceans

This follows another question that brought me some curiousity about the general state of an earth-like moon tidally locked to a gas giant planet. There's been questions about a world tidally locked ...
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How a huge verdant area can exist next to barren desert? [duplicate]

Imagine an alternative version of Athas, the world of Dark Sun setting. Everything around the populated areas is a desert filled with cannibals and places that have some natural life is kept like that ...
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How would a world power create an artificial winter?

With the setting and criteria provided below, how would a country make an artificial winter that targets the North American Continent? Setting: The story that will use this artificial winter is set ...
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Stationary Storm

I've been trying to come to an answer for what conditions need to be in place to allow for the formation of a permanent or at least a long lasting weather pattern, in this case a large storm. I would ...
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How, and for how long, could a permanent storm be maintained on Earth by a stationary mega-structure?

Suppose you had a tower-like mega-structure, rooted all the way into near-infinite geo-thermal energy of the Earth's crust, connected to the ocean such that water is not a limiting factor to the super-...
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In This Alternate Europe, Where Does Mediterranean End and Cold North Begin?

So, in this alternate Europe, there are some obvious differences. First off, the Baltic Sea is no longer a sea, but now the Baltic Plain. Also, the Low Countries are absent entirely. There are only ...
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How to generate powerful cyclonic storms in an ocean basin

I have a region on a planet with identical parameters to Earth but different landmasses that is rather similar to the southern ocean on Earth. There is a single piece of land around the size of the ...
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What would the climate zones of Pangea be?

I use the koppen-geiger climate maps a lot but I haven't found any for Pangaea. Would the climate zones be the same if the continents were in the Pangaea shape or is it something different? It would ...
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What would happen to the climate if Earth's sea-levels rose 2000m?

This is the first of possibly several posts about the following scenario, in which Earth's sea-level rises 2 km overnight, generating a world map looking like this: Question: What would be the ...
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How to calculate rainfall; record highs

There are numerous programs and resources that can be used to ascertain pretty exactly the average temperature and general climate of a region. But is there any way to get a quantitative estimation ...
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Where should I place mountains and deserts in this generated map?

Thanks for all the comments and I've re-edited the question: All nature settings(radius of planet, etc) are similar to the real world earth except the continent layout. I used Mogensen Planet ...
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How can a remote planet with little to no sunlight have high wind speeds?

I saw this question here: Can I have wind turbines on my base? and someone else asked about how the planet can have 60-100mph winds without very much sunlight to cause the energy differential, to ...
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Atmospheric Conditions leading to different colorations

What kind of atmosphere would a planet need to alter the color of the sun and moon? I know this is rather broad, but I know that a certain gas in our atmosphere colors the sky blue, and gives the sun ...
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What was the weather like in the Eocene?

I was reading this question earlier today. It asks about the characteristics of global winds in a modern-day earth with Eocene-like temperatures. I'm here to ask about other kinds of weather in the ...
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How would a permanently cold tower affect its environment?

In my world, physics works exactly like on Earth, except that there is a narrow, 400 foot tall magical column sticking vertically out of the ground, which is magically always extremely cold -- I'm ...
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In an atmosphere of approximately 15 bars, can you get evaporation identical to Earths at sea level with temperatures below 35 degrees Celsius?

I have a super-earth world. The surface of the world is shallower due to extra gravity, so shorter mountain ranges and less ocean depths. The world orbits a binary star system at a distance of the ...
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A huge desert full of green sand, seated on a plateau, is steadily drained into the nearby lowlands. What happens to the environment? [closed]

I have a large plateau, and roughly in the center are mile-high cliffs surrounding a valley. Inside the valley is a green sandy desert. The sand is composed of olivine. Unfortunately for the ...
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What should the size of my moons be?

(Not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this but hopefully I'm right!) I'm writing a novel and the planet this novel takes place on has two, twin moons of approximately the same size. ...
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Would a denser atmosphere hold in more moisture even if the temperature was exactly that of Earth's surface temperature? (Atmospheric Density)

(My world's details) I have a super-earth world. The surface of the world is shallower due to extra gravity, so shorter mountain ranges and fewer ocean depths. The world orbits a binary star system at ...
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Weather among the average tropical coastal regions? (I can't be more specific than this since i lack a map, I apologize) [closed]

I have a super-earth world. The surface of the world is shallower due to extra gravity, so shorter mountain ranges and less ocean depths. The world orbits a binary star system at a distance of the ...
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How feasible is my Exo Planet - Penumbra

My planet - let's call it Penumbra for now - exists at roughly 1.5 AU from it's sun - which was similar to Earth's - but is about a billion years older. It is 15% more massive than Earth, but nearly ...
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What might be a plausible explanation for the drastic lowering of global temperatures?

Question: What circumstances (theoretical or based on actual past events) could lower the global temperature on Earth or an Earth-like planet to an average of 30℉–40℉ (-1℃–4℃)? ...
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Feasibility of a mainly forested planet

I have a small planet with a Radius of 3,900 kilometers and a density of 8.9 g/cc. It has an extremely Earth-like climate and has been extremely volcanically and geologically active in the "recent" ...
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Skin of Large, Terrestrial Amphibians

I have some large, megafauna level amphibians inhabiting a temperate rainforest with naturally high levels of humidity. Would my large amphibians have any problems maintaining a classic amphibian type ...
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5x5 Biome Scale possibility?

My world has a conlang that heavily emphasizes words in 'grades' of 5. For example the words for issues are grouped as: Danger-Threat-Risk-Hazard-Situation. Usually it isn't hard to find a set of ...
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Ensuring Hadley Cells and Climate models on planet size

Having looked for a few days I am pretty sure I do not have an answer on this question: My intended planet will have the same density but double the mass of earth. I know this will increase the ...
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What would the effects of zones of differing gravity be on a large volume of open atmosphere

My question has to do with living inside a spaceship, which is mostly made up of a force field containing a breathable, earthlike atmosphere. There is a constant outward pull of something like 0.3 ...
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Starting with a map of current landforms, how can I write the geographic history of my planet?

The current worldbuilding project I have is going to be detailed - very detailed. It's about the life of an alien planet called Nemo 4, and I want to chronicle the evolutionary history of that life, ...
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Weather Impacted By Extreme Magical Effect (Heat)

On an Earth-like/Earth-size planet what would be the meteorological effect of a zone, maybe 300 kilometers across, about 20 degrees latitude, in the middle of a northern hemisphere large continental ...
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Slowing or Averting Global Warming With the Help of Elemental Powers: Part 1 (Fire)

Other posts from this thread will be posted here as these are updated: Info Part 1, (Fire) focuses on what the fire elementals can do. There are 200 such beings that exist (and have existed for a ...
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How can I explain the geography and climate of my planet?

I've recently decided to revive an old project of mine involving an alien planet. Unfortunately, however, I was not as good a worldbuilder then as I am now, and that's having some consequences. Back ...
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What are the biggest problems with the winds/currents/biomes in my world? [closed]

Here's my map: Red and blue arrows are major ocean currents, red representing warm ones and blue cool ones. Black arrows are prevailing winds. Hopefully everything else is self-explanatory! My planet ...
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Can a planet have warm or temperate climates within its polar regions?

Note: an edit has been made to the main question at the bottom A couple of years ago, I had a worldbuilding project which I have recently revived. I was relatively new to worldbuilding back then, ...
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Could there be some kind of way for an underground jungle-like climate to occur

In my world, there would be a tropical region very similar to real life rain forests, though underground there's still jungle. At a point underground, there are huge caverns that are populated by ...
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What would a post-nuclear-war Earth actually look like? [closed]

Many popular depictions of the aftermath of a nuclear war show the entire Earth as a sort of desert - hot, irradiated, cratered, with deformed animals scrounging around and generally quite bleak. This ...
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Has realistic climate modelling been done for inverted Dyson spheres or similar?

While there are approaches to make a habitable Dyson sphere that are technically reasonable, I am curious about what the climate would be like. For simplicity, consider a scenario where a thick shell ...
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Changing Earth? [closed]

How would energy transfer, weather and climate be different if Earth had a different axial tilt? Different diameter? Different period of rotation? Different period of revolution? Would anything change?...
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Would a lack of landmasses at the equator change climates closer to the poles?

I'm imagining an Earth-like world with a single large continent centered on the north pole, and not reaching entirely to the equator. As ocean currents play a large role in shaping weather, I'm ...
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How can I get my continent placement and latitude lines right to make my climates work?

This is a (crude) map of my world of Lorne in the current age. At the point of development I'm in, I'm trying to get the climates/biomes of some of the lands I've envisioned to work out as best as ...
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What happens to plants when the temperature increases a lot in a couple of years?

Consider an area of a fantasy world which experiences the following changes: Amount on rainfall, and thunderstorms, increases dramatically. Average temperature increases by 10-20 degrees Celsius over ...
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The World's a Jungle Again. Would Doldrums Blow the Global Air?

From 56 to 34 million years ago, Earth was so warm that we have found evidence of jungle plants inside the Arctic Circle. Nowadays, jungles are confined in or near the equator, and those latitudes ...