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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 kind of catastrophic event would cause the Earth's atmosphere to thin out?

Is a dystopian future with a thinner atmosphere and heavy snow feasible? Also would that mean that snow clouds formed at lower altitudes?
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Is is plausible for an Earth-like planet to have all of its land located in one polar hemisphere?

I made a map for my fictional world and it would be convenient for the story to have all of it affected by a somewhat similar climate. The map is made of several pieces of a Pangaea-like continent ...
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How would a larger axial tilt affect the Earth's climate?

One of Milutin Milankovic's three big factors in his ice age theories was Earth's obliquity, or axial tilt. Earth's axial tilt varies between 22.1 and 24.5 degrees at an approximation of 41,000 years....
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Reality check; minimal axial tilt = minimal seasons/mild weather right?

TLDR; what would weather be like with minimal axial tilt? Included is a picture of my climate map and several perspectives of a paper model I made of the planet. The ocean covers over half the planet,...
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How large can a magical cold region be before it dramatically alters global climate?

In the setting I'm working on, I want to have a vast 'sea' of diamond dust that is sustained by some kind of chilling magic effect that's spread across the surface of the land. Since magic is ...
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Ultimate Australian Canal

First of all, yes I'm Australian, and yes I am using a kangaroo to type this up. If you take a look at Australia, it's a pretty sad place geographically. Very flat, very dry, mostly desert and for ...
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Seasonal pressure areas over continents located in both northern and southern hemispheres

On a real world Earth, the seasonal changes in temperature of continents create high-pressure areas during winter in that hemisphere, and low-pressure areas during summer in that hemisphere. Should ...
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If Earth's atmosphere were to be enclosed, what effects would what have?

A universe-destroying parasite is set loose, and basically earth is placed under magical quarantine. (Think of it like the world is wrapped in magical cellophane.) My question is, how would earth's ...
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How would winds behave on a tidally locked planet?

If an earth-sized planet were tidally locked to a star, and was in the life zone of its star with an earth-like atmosphere, what would its wind patterns be like? The planet would have one hot ...
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How can I keep an area next to a mountain range from being a desert?

My world has a continent in the northern hemisphere that lies primarily in the Ferrel cell where the westerly winds are. The continent is fairly large, just a tad bit smaller then than North America. ...
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At great altitude, what conditions are needed to support a human community?

In my part of this (Earth-like) world, there is a stable community of completely isolated pre-industrial humans, numbering perhaps 1,800. They live at an altitude of (at least) 25,000 feet (7620 ...
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Is it possible for a planet’s climate to block, or at least make wireless communication irrelevant?

So, I’m writing a sci-fi story, which has a setting which involves human colonists crash landing on a massive, icy hellhole. The weather is extreme on the surface, and because of it, wireless ...
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How would climate be affected on a plateau 10 km above sea level?

I am curious as to what physical geographic features would be present on a plateau 10km above sea level. The Tibetan plateau is only 4km above sea level, so would more than doubling the height ...
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Can two adjacent, life-sustaining planets orbit a star such that they are rarely near each other?

I have two planets and humans live on both of them. Humans need not have developed on these planets, but the planets should support human life with the allowance that the humans have technology ...
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Designing a mega-fog

Considering some of the answers given in a previous question, I would like to ask what climatic phenomenon would be necessary to generate a mega-fog, thick enough to at least reduce the intensity of ...
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What causes hot deserts (like the Sahara) under the ITCZ?

I am trying to fill my world with climates as realistically as possible. In addition to climate science stuff I read on this site, I've been using these two maps of the Earth as a comparison for where ...
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What computational resources would work for a 550-year climate forecast of our earth?

Folks, I'm in a bit of a jam. I am writing a fictional future history to support a series of post-collapse science fiction stories set ca. 2560 Gregorian. The first story, The Borax Road Affair, has ...
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Are Planets with mainly one climate Biome Plausible? [duplicate]

So i'll start by saying it feels like a somewhat stupid question in the sense that the answer is no, but im wondering if (for back story of races in a story) its realistically possible for a planet to ...
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So much smoke that the suns rays never get through?

In my book I have a city which is constantly dark. The sun doesn't reach it. This is because it's a city of waste, so all the waste gets thrown into this city and lit on fire every single day, which ...
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How can I keep dense fog in an area for half a day?

I am a writer. In my fictional world, I have an area that is supposedly covered with fairly thick fog during most of the night and nearly all of the morning, basically every day (it can leave a bit ...
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Barring all structural and stability issues, how would building a ringworld around the earth affect it?

I've looked for an answer for this, but the only information I could find dealt with the ring itself. All I want to know is what would change on the Earth if all problems were solved and the ring were ...
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Would planting trees across an earth-like planet to reduce the CO2 and produce O2, be enough to keep it in balance?

An IPCC report of Oct 8, 2018 indicates - to keep the world temperature rise at or below 1.5 C, we need to reduce our CO2 emissions globally from the 2010 level by 45% by 2030, and a further 55% ...
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Understanding Climate [closed]

So climate is a pretty confusing subject, I've been searching for a very generalized map of climates. I wanna post it hear for some questions regarding this map http://www.geocurrents.info/place/...
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How to make a bigger planet be as similar to Earth as possible

My fantasy world is slightly larger than earth so that discovery of the continents becomes harder (about 20% surface should do it). But at the same time I want to preserve most aspects to make it like ...
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Climate checking my map

So I've decided to come here to see how my map would be effected by climate. Notes: The planet has a 10° axial tilt, it's a little smaller then earth, and has earth like conditions. So my questions ...
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Would a hot North pole and cold South pole, would it be possible? [duplicate]

So would be possible to have a Hot (Tropical or Arid) North pole and a Cold/polar South pole with a certain planetary set up or geographic set up. I'm open to many ideas, as long as they make this ...
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Effects of the shadow of a city in the sky?

If there was a city using antigrav to maintain a position over Kolkata, and it had approximately the area of New York City (roughly 300 square miles, or 780 square kilometers), what altitude would it ...
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Bringing Hot and Cold climates together

I'm building a map for a tabletop RPG (Pathfinder specifically), the aim of which is that my players will be trekking around and visiting interesting places. As part of that, I'd love to portray a ...
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Climate on a planet with huge tides

Tidea is a moon with an atmosphere orbiting a giant planet. Due to that, tidal forces on Tidea are enormous. I'm working on trying to understand how would the climate be on Tidea. Relevant things ...
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How could an agricultural revolution develop in medieval societies inhabiting a tropical environment work?

I'm trying to work on a chapter in my lore but I'm stumped on how agricultural developments could work in tropical settings, and real world examples so far mostly include temperate places, I.e. ...
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Would moving Earth around solve the rise in global temperature problem? [duplicate]

Without worrying about the other issues of global warming like rise in CO$_2$ level, hole in ozone..etc, lets assume that we're facing with rise of global temperature. And assume there's an efficient ...
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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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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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What amount of heat would be necessary to evaporate the oceans? Can his heat threshold be reached if there were no ozone layer? [closed]

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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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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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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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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Could a cold planet (tundra) develop and maintain a breathable atmosphere for humans?

Initial situation: I have cold planet with an average temperature below the freezing point. There is a magnetic field. The planet is almost as big as Earth and can have an atmosphere. The planet ...
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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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Can a planet with only one pole cap exist?

I am imagining a planet more or less earth like. I would like it to have only one pole cap, so only the southern hemisphere has a snow-covered continent. The trick is, I don't want it to lie ...
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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 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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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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Effects of regular prolonged eclipses on environment

What would be the effect on climate on an Earth-like moon of a gas giant, which experienced regular ("monthly") total solar eclipses (by its gas giant parent) lasting approx. 40 hours. I'm trying to ...