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Is my climate map plausible?

I've created an Earthlike planet and spent a lot of time trying to get the climate right. I have included a map of elevation and currents. Are these climates possible, given their surrounding factors? ...
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5km Portal above a Hot and Cold Climates, What happens to the weather of the area?

I'm writing a story where approximately ever 5 - 7 years, A 5km in radius portal opens up above 2 major metropolitan areas of the world. the height is about 750m - 1km up This portal follows the rules ...
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Weather and climate of an Earth-like planet orbiting an orange dwarf

I am creating a solar system with fictional planets as a setting for my space novel. Luckily I have some nice tools for creating quite accurate astronomical data. The planet where my protagonists live ...
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If winds blew 500 mph regularly for millions of years, would dune ergs get blown into a corner?

Suffice it to say this is a bit specific for google. Erosion likely still builds up huge sandfields but I wonder if, given the force of the wind, they'd be moved from being spread out as an actual erg ...
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What temperature range would a country north of Spain and west of France have? [closed]

I'm writing an alternate timeline about a new country in Western Europe called Biscay. Biscay has a broadleaf forest biome and has many mountains along its southern border. Biscay is roughly equal to ...
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Wind patterns on a tidally locked planets contradict my logic (looking for correction)

My take on the wind patterns on a tidally locked planet (TDL) does not lead to the information given in papers and videos. Please tell me where I went wrong. My take: On a TLP, the sub-solar point is ...
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What would our world look like if it only got 160 days of sun in a year?

A while ago, I encountered a YouTube and Spotify playlist called "songs for an empty world" by LAIN. The description was especially interesting to me: Only 250,000 people left. 160 days of ...
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Would a world twice the size of Earth be able to have similar weather patterns?

The TLDR for this is if I have a planet that is twice the diameter of Earth, (so four times the surface area), would continental distribution have more effect on the weather patterns than the sun and ...
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How would weather work on a planet with no rotation and constant sun on all sides?

A while ago I had an idea of a man made planet that consist of a thick, incredibly strong, outer crust, and at the core there is an antigravity/antimatter device that also produces consistent heat and ...
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Local surface warming on a rogue planet [closed]

There have been several previous questions about geothermal warming of a rogue planet with regard to depth: how much overlying atmosphere, water, rock do you need for a given geothermal flux to ...
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Would the rain shadow effect cause this area to be a desert?

The arrows are the wind currents. This would affect this the most. The purple triangles are the mountains. They are similar in height to the Ural Mountains of western Russia.The turquoise area is ...
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Feasibility of a moon-planet orbiting an F star [closed]

I'm building an earth-type planet with typically human-like people, but a few differences. The human's particular area won't have much in the way of seasons being a large equatorial island. I'm ...
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What would cause a large & long lasting regional increase in rainfall?

So after the answers on my last question, I got some very useful information about why the idea in the question wouldn't work. I looked into it more and figured that the best solution to the problem ...
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Would the substellar point on a tidally locked planet with a large continent over that point and oceans around the edges be covered in rainforest?

I have been working on a tidally locked planet for some time now. During this time I have worked under the assumption that the substellar point would be arid because of the constant bombardment of ...
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What would happen if lightning couldn't strike the ground due to a layer of unconductive gas?

My world has an upper atmosphere similar to Earth's, and a lower atmosphere compromised of Sulfur Hexafluoride and water. In between is a layer of clouds. Massive treelike sulfite structures stretch ...
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A 1:1 tidally locked world begins to spin. What sorts of non-solar natural disasters occur?

As stated a tidally locked world that has complete 1:1 begins to spin slowly. It starts slowly, a 2:1 ratio that steadily ramps up over the course of a month to one rotation every month, which would ...
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Would it rain if there was only daytime? Would water be sustainable? [closed]

In a world that has only daytime would it rain? In this particular magic world that I’ve created the land is plentiful and the soil is rich and perfect for farming but, it’s always daytime.This land ...
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On a planet with Arrakis-style sandstorms, could a single windbreak protect much of a city?

Planet has wind that flies at an indistinct speed - fast enough to fling razor sharp debris around though that's what I have built. I will tweak it as necessary but they are considered life ...
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Clouds on a tidally-locked planet

I have an ocean world in my science-fiction universe which is tidally-locked to its star. The planet is a tidally-detached moon from one the gas giants in the outer system, and orbits a red dwarf star....
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How dark would the sky have to be to stunt crops?

So basically in my world solar geoengineering has gotten to the point that (with added smog) it's basically impossible to grow crops like wheat or barley without artificial light. My question is: How ...
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Would a planet with a retrograde spin function as if it were spinning faster or slower?

I am thinking in terms of the Coriolis Effect, atmospheric circulation and specifically Hadley Cell latitudinal width here, but the base question still stands. For ease of reference, if we take a ...
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Can Earth have blue skies and diverse clouds yet never a drop of rain?

I'm trying to figure a threshold of environmental conditions where the Earth hits a point of no return on falling rain. The thought seems preposterous to me, but recently I saw some movie that claimed ...
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Would a Denser Atmosphere cause Clouds to float higher?

So laying out a few things here: a planet has an atmosphere about 3.5 times denser than Earth with a marginally cooler average temperature (about 12 Celsius). It has a basic Nitrogen/Oxygen Mix, but ...
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How to design a standard uniform/armor for a planet plagued by severe weather?

I’m trying to design a standard uniform for a military group that works on a massive planet that has a storm eye similar to Jupiter’s or Neptune’s. This eye hangs over a large ocean and produces semi-...
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Can a Green Sahara co-exist with a Mediterranean Salinity Crisis?

So 5-6 million years ago, the strait of Gibraltar closed due to plate tectonics. Because of this the Mediterranean dried up (maybe leaving a couple small very salty lakes). This would have made Europe ...
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Cloud formations on an ocean-covered moon

Vimala is a Luna-mass moon, orbiting a large gas giant in a yellow star system. Though it is two AU from its star, (and therefore outside the habitable zone) tidal heating helps it to support liquid ...
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Climate types for large volcanic islands on tidally locked planet

My planet is tidally locked to a red dwarf, which itself orbits a yellow sun like our own. It has roughly the same atmospheric conditions as Earth (perhaps a slightly thicker atmosphere, but not ...
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Is there reason for a large subterranean area to be cold?

There is a roughy 2500x2500x500-1000ft / 750x750x150-300m enclosed subterranean area. The roof is ~250 feet / 75 meters (at most) from the surface. I understand that the thermal gradient will largely ...
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What would be the weather inside the rings' shadow of a planet with 0 tilt axis? [closed]

The premise · super Earth (the super giant part can be nixed if impossible) · rings system made of silicate, size is still to be determined (but the wider, the better) · non tilted axis · there are ...
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What would the most likely climate be in this region?

I'm interested in what the primary climate would most likely be in the pictured region, especially between the two latitude lines (35N and 40N). Does having something similar to the midwest US (from ...
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Artificially simulate a northern-latitude environment in India (UV radiation) in order to make its natives fair-skinned

Assuming the Himalayas are successfully lowered to around 1,000-3,000 meters in altitude with artificial means, with some mountains kept at their actual altitude to feed the most important rivers, the ...
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Could this sort of celestial system work?

I am attempting to create a pair of planets, both capable of harboring life. Which happens to also be quite colossal in design. We are talking about 10.13x the size of Earth. So the system I am ...
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How would the ocean currents of these inland/shelf seas work?

Outlined in ink are the relevant coastlines/continental shelves, as you can see there are two inland shelves that are inland/shelf seas. As the major ocean current ends at the southernmost shelf, I'm ...
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What climate would be ideal for abnormally large trees, with people living among them?

I'm writing a fantasy with trees which are extremely wide, and fairly tall. Their width would be about 40-50 metres. So I was wondering if the climate needed to be similar to that of a rainforest, or ...
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How would the weather behave on a flat world with a stationary sun?

I'm currently working on my first real project but I really don't know anything about weather patterns. The world I'm talking about is an infinite flat plain. In the center is a tall (~4000mi) tower ...
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How much would Earth's temperature change if days were 28 hours long?

I know it would be colder at night and hotter during the day, but by how much? And it would impact atmospheric pressure, right?
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How would I make it rain as hard as possible

I want to create a world where it rains super hard to the point where it could kill someone but I also want it so that a person could live there without any sort of specialized equipment (Like a suit)....
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How would the polar front move?

I am in the process of working out the climate zones for a custom continent. Two of the defining features are its poleward placement in the Southern Hemisphere and the large mountain range running ...
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How would the coastlines of a chemical sea on a planet with extreme winds form?

On one of my pet projects, there is a chemical sea similar to the Black Sea if it had the saline content of Lake Natron; extreme density of chemicals in the soil and from vents. It's about the size of ...
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Is this asteroid apocalypse scenario realistic?

So, in response to my own earlier question: Disasters to prompt the bettering of civilisation, I have decided to go with an asteroid impact which decimates much of civilization, with an added twist ...
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What are the challenges of living on a planet with constant meteor showers?

I have been thinking of a planet that has or is experience(ing) a lunar holocaust; moon broke into pieces and many of them fell to the planet. Initial disasters probably caused a massive mass-...
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Fog and a small "Tsunami", appearing suddenly

For the final act of a story I'm building, I'm planning a scene that involves the sudden appearance of fog, along with a small Tsunami, affecting part of the city. To ask this question, I am going to ...
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Extreme winds creating windy canyons

On a planet I've been working on that has extreme wind conditions, coastal zephyrs cross through mountains and get split into stream-like avenues that carve deep gouges in the rainshadowed valley ...
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What would be the climate of a planet with very frequent hurricanes?

I'm writing a planet where the weather is always stormy. This planet has hurricanes and monsoons and huge thunderstorms and tornadoes on a weekly basis. The good news is that there are very few ...
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How would the water cycle work on a planet with barely any atmosphere?

See title. My world is far away from any stars so radiation is of no worry but a very active volcanic system keeps the temperature at similar rates to our planet. The lack of an atmosphere stops any ...
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What would happen to clouds that existed in the upper atmosphere?

I am trying to determine, on a planet with extreme weather, the conditions and constraints applied to seeing weather patterns from more than 500 miles away (as a miniscule layer on a flat horizon). I ...
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Can my Planet Have Liquid Water at the Poles -- But Only During the Winter?

I have a planet about the size of earth. It is a desert planet with an atmosphere at 0.1 atm, made of 90% co2 and 10% n2. Water at this pressure should freeze at 35℉ and boil at 125℉. The planet has a ...
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Would a permanent, but semi opaque, planet wide cloud coverage cause an ice age/dramatic temperature drop?

On Earth over the course of time, a permanent cloud envelops the planet due to various reasons. However, unlike a nuclear winter or permanent ash cloud situation that completely blots out the sun, ...
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Greenery on a planet without large oceans

I want to create a planet that is mostly covered in land mass, with large amounts of forest, grassland, and farmland, but does NOT have large oceans. I envision the planet to have lots of lakes of ...
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Saturnian Cloud Cities Pt. 5- Shielding of Cloud-Cities from Saturnian Weather

(Previous Question) In the (near) future, after space travel has become affordable to even the common man, cloud cities are deployed on Saturn as it has favourable conditions such as Earth-like ...
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