Questions tagged [seasons]

Questions about periodic variations in weather patterns, often but not necessarily referring to patterns recurring approximately on the scale of a sidereal year. Compare [climate] and [weather].

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World with two directly opposed habitable continents, one hot one cold, with significant geographical barrier between them

I'm trying to design a planet with two continents where one is always warm/hot and the other is cool/cold. The continents should be directly opposite each other (so not a pole and an equatorial one). ...
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Is it Possible to Have a Tropical Climate With a Summer Dry Season?

In my book series, the northern coast of one of my provinces is in the tropics and on the western side of its continent. However, because it is mountainous and on a relatively cold sea, I was thinking ...
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My planet has a long period orbit. How can I make the seasons change faster in order to shorten the length of a calendar year on it?

I wanted a habitable planet around a binary star system, so I conjured up a system that let me have one. The problem that I'm facing is that the goldilocks orbital parameters for this planed ended up ...
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Inclinatory Cycles and Seasonbuilding

I was doing some tests in Universe Sandbox a while ago and I noticed a strange behavior shown by giant planets on highly inclined orbits. In the simulation I placed an Earth at 1 AU around the Sun, ...
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Starting the year with september equinox

I know of several historical and fictional traditions which use spring equinox as a way to sync their calendars with the solar year, starting a new year on (or around) March 20. Are there are any ...
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Is it possible that a moon has seasons? [duplicate]

Okay, so my setting for a story was a moon, and I recently heard that moons can’t have seasons... is there any possible way that my moon can have seasons, specifically summer and winter?
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Magical Island question part 2: How to add desert to it

Part number 1 of the question can be found here: Now I wanted to add a few things just to be on the clear side of things, my world is originally inspired by Brazil. So: On the southeast the continent ...
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How to have a landmass the size of Great Britain have almost every single climate

I'm creating a continent which will be about the size of Great Britain (250.000 km2) and I'm creating it under certain constraints.: This continent was very powerful once upon a time, but now it is ...
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Temperatures and water level during very long eclipse

If we have extreme and short winter caused by 3-day-eclipse, what would be temperatures like? Conditions: Planet is like earth, atmosphere, oceans, ice caps and so, but there is no regular seasons, ...
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What could cause uneven seasons? [duplicate]

A world's seasons have different lengths. Winter lasts for 33% of the year, Spring and Fall for 25%, and Summer for only 17%. On the other hemisphere, it is the inverse. Is there any scientific ...
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How fairies control the transition of seasons

I have a world of perpetual, consistent, and evenly distributed "daylight" (for purposes of this question, you don't need to worry about how this would be achieved). Left to its own devices, ...
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Obliquity-Induced Hadley Cell Reversal

My planet has an axial tilt around 50° and a day length around 3 earth days. Under these conditions two things should occur: 1: There should be one large cell per hemisphere. 2: This cell should ...
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Do seasons occur on a tidally-locked planet?

I have done some research and so much contradict one another or I simply fail to understand. Do seasons occur on a tidally locked planet that isn't tilted on its axis?
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Is it possible for a planet to have the same seasons in both hemispheres?

Our spherical planet has two hemispheres divided at the equator. Those living in the north hemisphere experience the opposite season as those living in the south hemisphere at any given time of year. ...
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Frequent Solar Eclipse Cycle and Its Effects [closed]

I’m trying to imagine a sci-fi/fantasy world in which a solar eclipse occurs roughly once every 3 or 4 days. The exact frequency can be arbitrary and varied, but it does need to occur often. I would ...
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Is it realistic that mountain cultures use a different calendar than the low landers?

My fantasy setting is on a wet and humid world of innumerable islands; many of which are quite mountainous. With conditions ranging from Mediterranean to Tropical. The culture here experience only ...
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How does axial tilt affect atmospheric pressure and wind?

I'm working on an earht-like map and I'm having a hard time understanding where to put the high and low pressure zones. Here's some background info first. Axial tilt: 25 degrees Tropics latitude: 25 ...
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Habitable Planet with Highly Eliptical Orbit

Would it be possible for life to develop on a planet with a highly elliptical orbit? (Similar to a comet, but possibly less extreme.) If so, what conditions would be necessary and what would the life ...
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How can I do so that the four seasons last six months instead of three months?

In the real world, each season (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) lasts three months. In my fictional world, I would want to make sure that each of these seasons will last six months. What I want ...
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Days and Seasons via Daily Eclipses in a Flat World

While working on the cosmos of a flat world, I came upon the idea of using a dim sum rotating about an axis through the central pole (as described here) in order to accomplish days and seasons. The ...
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Earth Has Four Seasons Lasting Years. Is This Too Much?

In this alternate Earth, the axial tilt is still leaning to the extent of the temperate and polar zones having four seasons--spring, summer, autumn and winter. The one key difference is that each ...
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A fictional island on Earth with “longer” springs and autumns

I want to write a story on Earth as it is now, with the sole exception of one large island nation. I plan to introduce elements of mysticism into the story as well, but I would like to keep these ...
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Cold Weather Patterns

I’m working on a world with a mild but near constant winter. This weather pattern moves down the latitude and causes deep snows and some ice at worst in the mountains to heavy monsoons in tropic ...
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Seasons & days with steep axial tilt?

Given tilt of about 90deg (like Uranus), with day & year like Venus (day longer than year), orbiting a purple (brown) dwarf (not tidal locked). I'm having trouble getting "seasons" & day ...
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Climate and weather without obliquity and eccentricity?

Obliquity is the most important factor of seasons. Without axial tilt, eccentricity causes small temperature variations. What would climate and weather on Earth look like, if Earth doesn't have any ...
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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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What natural phenomenon could lead to greatly varying season lengths? [duplicate]

I'm intrigued by the topos of varying season lengths brought to us in the Game of Thrones universe. I think it makes for a brilliant and versatile backdrop for the story, and it is something I'd like ...
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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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Plausible reasons for multiple hot seasons in one solar year

Setup: A planet generally with an earthlike climate, although slightly wetter and warmer as a general rule, with a little more oxygen in the atmosphere, but habitable by unmodified humans. Still has ...
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A Planet Where The Four Seasons Occur Multiple Times In One Year?

Earthlings, I live on a world where most places on my planet has four seasons, just like yours does. We also have one sun and one moon, presumably. It's been not even a year since I came of age (20), ...
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What sort of seasonal changes might exist that we don't see on earth?

NASA recently shared a photo that used a term "araneiform terrain" and said that the terrain formation was an effect of seasonal changes we don't see on earth. NASA publication How would I go about ...
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Can a planet of heavy and regular rains or monsoons have little to no surface water?

There is a background planet in this story that is important due to character back story however we never visit it in this book. It is describe as a mostly jungle planet, with regular heavy rains or ...
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Planet wide seasons: Possible?

I was reading a World Anvil article which has a world that experiences world wide seasonal changes. Specifically quoting the article, During the month of Frimense, the Frostkin thrive, as the ...
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Seasons on Infinite Cylinder Planet

An infinitely long cylinder, made of planetary matter with an average radius roughly equivalent to the average distance Earth's equator has to its center, orbits around a parallel, infinitely long ...
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How would life on a planet without seasons evolve? [closed]

This also counts intelligent life as well, but I've been working on my universe more and have been considering planets without an axial tilt (thus not allowing seasons). What kind of plants and ...
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What rough climate and/or biome classifications would I assign to a planet with 31.1 degrees axial tilt?

First, specifying format in this question I will be giving temperature ranges that sometimes appear backwards. This is because I am listing average temperature ranges from southern to northern ...
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Tree growth rings without seasons

Tree growth rings are created because the time of day with sunlight differs throughout the year. How would the inside of a tree look, if it were to grow up on a planet without seasons, where day and ...
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What would the temperature variation be on this planet? (High eccentricity & slow rotation)

I've been trying to figure out a model (or find a relevant paper) for calculating the approximate day/night and periapsis/apoapsis temperature variation for an earth-like planet that has a high ...
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Spotlight distribution in a hollow earth?

I've been toying with a concept for a hollow/inner Earth universe in which I would like to achieve an even distribution of light. The pickle is that the "sun" of this world operates like a beacon/...
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Winter Is Coming…To Earth [closed]

Imagine a world that looks suspiciously like Earth. Summer turns to autumn, autumn turns to winter, and winter turns to more winter. The winter endures for several years before summer finally comes ...
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Which impacts are to be expected, if an Earth-like planet orbits a Jupiter-like one?

In a fictional setting, an Earth-like planet is orbiting another, Jupiter-like planet. For explanation see my previous question Which astronomical or cosmological event would explain periodical low-...
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Antarctic Climate on Greenhouse Earth

Scenario: Say we have a massive release of greenhouse gases into Earth's atmosphere, however much for the ocean around Antarctica to get just warm enough for hurricanes to form during the summer (28.5 ...
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Seasonal Changes

I'm interested in developing a world that has somewhat extreme seasonal changes (hot, but liveable summers and cold, but livable winter) with a very cold non-habitable polar regions. Would axial tilt ...
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Eternal seasons bind to geographical areas

I created a world a few month ago for a role play game, Ryuutama. The game system is higly based on season and weather, but I'm not good in time gestion as GM. I so decided that regions will have ...
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Is it possible to have a planet that has seasons and is also cold at the equator and hot both poles?

I am trying to create a planet for a fantasy role-playing game where the equator is an impassible region of ice. Ideally, I want to find a science-based solution to this and not have to resort to ...
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ELEVEN Inner Planets?! What Will the Ice Ages Be Like?

A Milankovitch cycle is defined in Universe Today as a cyclical movement related to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. There are three elements to a Milankovitch cycle that affects the amount of ...
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e=0. What Does That Mean for the Seasons?

Currently, Earth's eccentricity (orbital shape) is 0.0167086. Zero is a perfect circle whereas One is parabolic escape orbit and any greater becomes a hyperbola. And in the theory of the ...
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If our moon had an atmosphere, could it have seasons?

Because our moon is tidally locked with Earth, then the same half always faces the Earth regardless of where the Moon is in its orbit. As such, would a tidally locked satellite such as our moon (...
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How could humans survive 9 month winters in the classical Roman era?

I have a world I am building that is similar to ours, and is set in the height of the Roman empire era. The main difference is that the winter is half the year and full rotation of seasons is 18 ...
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8 seasons instead of 4, why?

My Kepler Bb world has in total 8 seasons. 4 of those are transition phases. Their year begins on the first day of spring and their months with 9 day weeks are 65 days long. But that is just in Kepler ...