Questions tagged [weather]

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Can my planet carry heat effectively from one side to another?

I'm designing an Earth-like planet orbiting around a K5V star in the habitable zone (the planet is at a distance of 0.41 AU). The star has a mass of 0.70 M and a surface temperature of 4,526 Kelvin. ...
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Precipitation on a world where the entire ocean is covered by plants?

My very fancy planet, has a green blotch approximately the size of Africa on its surface, which looks like a forest from space but is actually the planet's ocean. A sea, which, over millions of years, ...
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What would the weather be like on an earth like planet the size of Jupiter? [closed]

Let’s get this out of the way: yes, I have considered the fact that there would be a massive gravity difference, but I have figured out a way around it. (It’s implausible in our reality, but works for ...
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Under what conditions would a space battle involving a relatively large number of vessels be barely visible on the surface?

Imagine a space battle happening high above Earth (~25k miles, or ~40200 km). It's right above the observers who are standing on the planet's surface. Both armies have the same amount of spacecraft, ...
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How would a permanent stationary super-hurricane impact the weather of a nearby land mass

How would the weather from a permanent Cat5 hurricane (specifically with sustained 500 mph winds) that spans a 2000-mile area (across the hurricane's diameter) be impacted on continents roughly 500 ...
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What's a persistent weather condition that could justify being unable to use the Sun to obtain a bearing?

I'm attempting to plot an unplottable piece of land. The basic idea of the concept is that travelers who end up within the land will get lost because there's simply no way to get one's bearing, except ...
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Harvesting lightnings for energy...in real life Mordor!

I planned to have a region on my world that is similar to Mordor, as in a place with near constant thunderstorms and lightning strikes, about 30 times per minute at peak for at least 25 hours at night ...
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Is predictable time, type and amount of precipitation on a global scale a risk for ecological damage?

On Earth, we have problems with rain and other forms of precipitation: either it's absent for too long and it causes droughts and ecological disasters, or it's way too plentiful and it causes massive ...
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Desert planet with high humidity percentage [closed]

I create a desert world, but I would like to give it slightly different properties, above all, to turn it from a dry environment into a humid one. Unfortunately, for some time I have been looking for ...
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Weather in a tidally locked planet's crepuscular zone

I'm currently designing a world for a project I am working on. It's supposed to be a grounded and comparatively realistic setting. The setting is a tidally locked planet in its star's habitable zone, ...
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Can people survive at the bottom of the dry Red Sea?

In 2055, a coalition of world powers completed the Red Sea Dam, a 30-km structure spanning the Bab-el-Mandeb at the south end of the sea. Construction of the dam was initially proposed to permit the ...
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Weather patterns on a world with a homogenous distribution of land and ocean?

What would the weather patterns be like on an Earth with a more homogenous distribution of land and ocean? That is, keep the overall amount of water the same, the ratio of water to land the same (...
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Would a planet with stronger winds create more interesting landforms through weathering?

If I design a planet with stronger winds (maybe on average 40 mph, rather than the 7 mph average winds we have here), would interesting land formations be more common due to increased wind erosion, or ...
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Is my map of prevailing winds on a binary planet realistic?

My binary planet consists of a Venus sized earth-like planet, tidally locked to a mars sized “super mercury”, with their centers separated by about 7 Venus radii. I know the coriolis effect would ...
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Would residents of a 17th century, snowed-in Alpine valley be able to maintain contact? Pigeons? Couriers?

It's the early modern period. A few Alpine villages, maybe a little town or two, get temporarily cut off from the rest of the world due to heavy snowfall. How can they communicate with the outside? ...
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How fast and how coarse does a sandstorm need to be to sand a human down to nothing in the span of an hour?

I am designing a world with extreme weather, which uses human survivability as a measure of time. I've equated something close to an hour for the time I am using, for simplicity's sake, but this poses ...
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How do I make a moon into a world?

I am currently worldbuilding for a D&D campaign. And while many campaigns have worlds with one or more moons, I wanted to change it up by making this world the moon of a much larger world that is ...
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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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Is my environmental map consistent?

This is the map of my alien planet's continents and I want to know if the environments are accurate. The symbol at the top is the Arctic island. It's like Greenland and has some greenery or should I ...
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Passively redirecting air currents with forest gardening

A group of evil farmers have developed a technique for manipulation of the weather on a large scale whereby the land is altered to effect the temperature of the air above and to act as a trap for ...
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Would these changes alter the effects of Tornado Alley?

Here is how the meteorological danger zone called "Tornado Alley" is made: Warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico mixes with cold, dry air from the mountains and warm, dry air from the ...
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How could a planet logically have green clouds but still be habitable?

I am working on a game currently with some predetermined assets, and one of the areas I am developing takes place on a mountainous, lush jungle planet with low-hanging green clouds and a general green ...
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How could I design storms in an arctic setting that would logically become more severe as a result of a changing climate?

Part of my story is set on an arctic planet (think something along the lines of Hoth or just some planet deep in an ice age) where a research team is sent by a major intergalactic corporation. I want ...
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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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Where could you store the energy from a tornado?

Assuming a very large device was constructed which could harvest up to 20% of the mechanical energy of a tornado. It is a mobile platform of some sort, and one or several of these are ready to deploy ...
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How does a plain surrounded by desert get rain?

So, in my world, I have a city built in a plain surrounded by a desert. The plain got to be there by magic and general hand waving and was sustained in a similar way. At some point, that stopped being ...
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Can a habitable world rain glass?

Requirements: There is a solid surface. Somewhere on the surface, the temperature exceeds 2,230 C, such that pure silica vaporizes. Elsewhere on the surface, the temperature is at most 25 C, such ...
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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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Wind on a Terraformed Titan?

My story is set on a future fully-terraformed Titan that's covered by a global ocean, heated to a comfortable temperature, and given an artificial atmosphere that mimics earth's. With that said, I've ...
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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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How to shield lighter-than-air towers from wind?

I’m building a colossal tower. This tower forgoes the use of steel and concrete completely in favor of cheap lighter-than-air modules. These modules have cube-shaped frames made of carbon fiber and ...
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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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Is a cyberpunk weather planet realistic?

Do you know how (almost) every cyberpunk story happens in a dark rainy night? No matter how long a timeframe the story takes place in, it's always rainy and dark. How realistic is it to have a planet ...
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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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Ocean tides on a Banks Orbital

Consider a Banks Orbital, a space station three million kilometers in diameter, rotating once per day for 1g artificial gravity, intermediate in size between a Bishop Ring and a Niven Ring: https://...
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How Would Really Short Seasons Affect Climate

So, this is an idea I am throwing around for my world, but not one I am committed to, but I am interested in it to see if I would like to do it. Basically, my fictional world orbits a cool, boring, ...
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How to Create Tidal Tsunamis

In my world, I have the problem of dealing with a world that doesn't experience seasons or significant latitudinal variation when it comes to climate (it is essentially all tropical rainforest), and ...
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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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Do massive Spaceships cause destruction entering atmosphere? [closed]

Apologies if this is the incorrect forum... Basically, the key characteristic of my main character’s ship is that, whilst being the smallest of its class, it is the largest ship ever built that can ...
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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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Could a group of large flying creatures cause a tornado?

In the world I am making their is a species of wyvern like monsters that hunt in groups of 10 to 20 in the aftermath of the storms they make and have wingspans that range from 20 ft to 36 ft. Other ...
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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 exactly are the requirements for the formation of a rainforest?

I am wondering exactly what features and properties are required for an area for a rainforest to be able to believably develop. So can people here please inform me of the known requirements, with ...
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How can a planet's seasons be only controlled by either its land, sky or water?

I have a planet established (similar to Earth) which instead of countries has 3 main zones of habitation: land, water & sky. Each supernatural inhabitant looks after one natural part of this ...
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