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Questions tagged [weather]

For questions related to the climate, temperature and precipitation that a world might experience. Compare [climate] and [seasons].

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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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A world without mountains

I'm relatively new to all this. I'm thinking of studying a little Earth sciences in the hope that it tells me but, up front, I want to know if I'm completely off. I want to know if a world with no ...
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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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Could there be strong weather on large space stations?

I'm not talking about the ISS. I'm talking about larger stations such as Bernal Spheres, O'Neil Cylinders, Stanford Tori, good old-fashioned hollowed-out asteroids, and so on. We have a sci-fi game ...
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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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Sea pumps to create rain using windmills to control weather?

I'd love some science advice and facts for this question: If they use wind power to bring up water from the ocean in the day time and spray it on prevailing winds going into land (i.e. 10-15 km from ...
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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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Would an Earth-like planet have similar weather phenomena as Earth

I'm designing an alien planet which is roughly similar to earth (continents, oceans, breathable atmosphere, plant and animal life on it), but i was wondering: Could a planet that is very similar to ...
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weather after the earth gets flooded

tl;dr : the earth has been gradually flooded, over the course of a few hundred years. Also, there are now large lumps or ice raining out of the sky (not very often), causing massive tsunamis. I have ...
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What kind of permits do I need to control the weather?

My weather control machine works! I dragged it out to international waters on a barge and was able to seed a moderately sized rain storm.* I'd like to start using my device in the United States for ...
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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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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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Monster hurricanes to scrub islands clean

We have an Earth-like planet except the tropics around the entire planet are covered with small island chains and archipelagos. No landmasses larger than Cuba appear between 35$^\circ$ N and 35$^\circ$...
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How can I ride a balloon in a hurricane? [closed]

Like the famous Annie Edson Taylor who went off Niagara Falls in a barrel. I would like to be the first to ride out in a hurricane at least from the inside out in the air in an unpowered craft. Could ...
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Earth-like planet which is smaller but has the same gravity

If there were a planet similar to earth where the lines of latitude and longitude were half as far apart (about 35 miles instead of about 70), but the planet's density were increased to compensate for ...
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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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What kind of climate would a planet with a 49-day orbit have?

I'm using Kapteyn-b for a story, which orbits its red dwarf star every 49 days. It's almost 5 times larger than Earth, though I've made a couple changes to the observed data to make it more plausible. ...
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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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Can tablelands produce a rain shadow like mountains do?

In my world I have a region of desert, bordered on the east by the steep cliffs of a tableland or plateau. The plateau slopes gradually down to the east coast of the continent, a distance comparable ...
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climate and behaviour of a gaseous ocean

Following up on my last question about the ecology of my skyworld here, I decided to go more in-depth and fundamental. This is going to mostly be about the behavior of the ocean and changes to the ...
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Consequences of dark planetary rings?

I am aware of the possible consequences having a planetary ring may cause on a planet, but since I want my nights to be dark and not giant-reflective-curve-in-the-sky bright I've decided to make the ...
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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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Oceanic logic for wind currents

My world has multiple layers of floating islands, which by itself causes a lot of climatic-involved problems for me to sort out. That being said I stomped into a very simple yet important factor to ...
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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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What manner of weapons and armor would be suitable for freezing conditions in the middle ages?

In this story I'm giving a go at, humanity as a whole have been under siege from creatures that can be best described as humanoid demons. Things haven't been going well for the human race, as the ...
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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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How to make it rain men properly?

In a certain world there is a ruler who runs a very powerful country with an iron fist. A faction of oppositionists has been giving her lip and has made some mean comments implying she brings the ...
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Is it possible to create an eternal ring of storm encircling a large portion of the earth?

I'm trying to investigate the theory behind this phenomena. I have found answers to creating eternal storms but nothing specific to my world building. I'm looking at a future earth where any known ...
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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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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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How do I maximize a planet's wave height (on average)?

Premise I am in the formation phase of a fictional world. I would like one of its notable characteristics to be extremely large waves. On Earth, most of our large waves are triggered by earthquakes, ...
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A snow sea: How to make water snow light/smooth enough to obtain fluid properties under 1 gravity

A roughly earth-size planet orbits a cool G-class star, but barely within its circumstellar habitable zone ("Goldilocks zone") allowing liquid water. It has a shallow inclination and and lackluster ...
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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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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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Determining climate and biomes in a non-planetary setting

I'm currently playing with a geographical setting that's flat rather than round and thus doesn't follow a lot of the same rules as one modeled as a planet. I've found resources concerning climate in ...
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Aircraft that can endure high winds and storms

I'm building a world where all continents are Islands. Since I was interested in giving a little bit of science backup on this particular thing, I decided that the weather was mostly windy and ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible for the Earth to enter a period of naturally-occuring perpetual winter and still sustain human life? [closed]

It's circa 1950, world war three is imminent. Suddenly, the world becomes coated in snow. Temperatures plummet, resulting in a winter with no foreseeable end. Could humans survive, if so, for how ...
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Effects of gravity upon weather?

So there are loads of things that are taken into account with weather from geology to water currents to axial tilt etc. But i am wondering what the effects would be on weather on planets with varying ...
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What would the effects on Earth be if the Moon rotated around Earth at the same speed as Earth's rotation? [duplicate]

In this story I'm working on, a tower on Earth is projecting a field to the Moon that keeps it locked in place directly above where the tower is. To onlookers on Earth, the Moon seems stationary to ...
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How high in altitude could a fog reasonably exist?

Background: I am designing an RPG world where the main characteristic is that a large fog has covered the entire fantasy planet. At the time the fog was released it was a mutating killer fog that ...
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Environmental/meteorological effects of a superstructure

If there was a supermassive structure built on earth (30km tall, 10km wide/deep tower with slightly slanted faces), what sort of effects would this cause on the surrounding areas? Specifically, what ...
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How long would an abandoned surface colony on Mars physically last?

Humans with a level of technology roughly equal to the present day, not more than a decade or two more advanced (e.g. they might have slightly more efficient rockets, or a more miniaturized comm ...
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Sea of Fire in Polar Regions

Would it be possible to have a cold and remote polar region if the oceans are made of fire? By that, I mean that in the place of water, there exists lava.
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How would my continent be possible? [closed]

I have a continent with a fairly unusual extreme weather pattern, and I'm trying to think how it can fit into a relatively earth-like world. The World Temperate forests cover much of the Alben ...
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Would Floating Islands Dampen Waves on a Water World?

This is a water world with depths ranging from 2-3 kilometers deep up to vast shallows of only a few meters deep usually around volcanic islands, where there are coral islands not bigger than Hawaii's ...
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Given atmospheric composition, density and scale height, planetary radius, and escape velocity, what is the lapse rate?

My planet Mass = 0.602 MEarth Radius = 0.870 REarth Density = 5.04 g/cm3 vesc = 9.3 km/s Temperature = 272 K My atmosphere 74.84% N2 22.04% O2 1.38% CH4 1.25% Ar 0.27% H2O 0.11% CO2 ...