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Mars like world at a Venus like solar distance

I'm putting together a homebrew adventure for a space horror game (using the Aliens RPG ruleset) and I was thinking about what a world with Mars like mass and lack of volcanic activity and ozone layer ...
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Weather around an altered-gravity zone

Thousands of years ago, a wizard created a "downroad." This is an area of invisible magic in the shape of a cylinder 3m in diameter, 100km long, laid down east to west just above the ...
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Weather on a flat world illuminated by static luminaries

Consider a flat world illuminated, not by a sun following a daily trajectory overhead, but by luminaries in static locations, fixed at a finite distance above particular locations on the surface, ...
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Harvesting energy from rain as efficiently as possible

The goal is to engineer the most efficient way(s) to harvest energy from rainfall using moderately advanced technology. My idea was to use this as widespread power source for a race of people that ...
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What are the requirements for a scenario like the one depicted here? (supertall skyscrapers)

I have been very appreciative of the Netflix series Altered Carbon especially thanks to scenes such as those taking place in the location called Aerium. For those who aren't in the know, the Aerium ...
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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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Are snow caps plausible for a mountain range in an extremely large desert?

I have a very large desert, approximately 15 000 km across from west to east (the north-south distance is around 4 000 km, although it's at a bit of an angle). The desert is bounded at one edge by a ...
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Hurricane-force winds or gentle breezes in an O'Neill Cylinder?

Let's consider an O'Neill cylinder with a radius of 3.2km and length of 20km. In the classic O'Neill design, we have three large axis-aligned windows in the shell, alternating between purlins of ...
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Analog to water in rain

While on earth it usually rains water, it usually isn't a sight to behold. To spice things up, I would like the rain to truly remind its colonists that they're on an alien world. However, this ...
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Can I set fire to the rain?

A well-known pop song talks about setting fire to the rain, and I'm wondering if that's possible. My first thought was that if you had oil droplets in the clouds, then those could be ignited as they ...
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How does one fight in a perpetual hurricane?

Never mind why there's a perpetual hurricane. This is about fighting in it. I'm not sure what the terrain of the Sahara is after getting blasted with hurricane-force winds for 2 million years, but ...
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What would land vehicles designed to operate in a perpetual hurricane look like?

Never mind why there's a perpetual hurricane. This is about the vehicles going into and out of it. Let's say that there's a perpetual hurricane that constantly "hovers" in one location - say,...
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What would be some design features of an international research station built in a perpetual hurricane?

Never mind why there's a perpetual hurricane. This is about a building being built in it. Let's say that there's a perpetual hurricane that constantly "hovers" in one location - say, over ...
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What design adaptions would a wind turbine require to operate in a perpetual hurricane?

Never mind why there's a perpetual hurricane. This is about extracting power from it. Let's say that there's a perpetual hurricane that constantly "hovers" in one location - say, over ...
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How would the Weather be on a Double Planet System?

context is always important to give a good answer to such a question. So here is some data and Renders from the System. It consists of the two Planets Hela and Vesna. Hela has a Radius of 5636.492km ...
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Can I eliminate a dry continental high pressure spot inland by adding a huge body of water in the middle of it?

Can I eliminate a dry continental high pressure spot inland by adding a huge body of water in the middle of it? Like this sample picture: The red arrows around the continent are warm ocean currents ...
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Does ice have to be on both poles?

If an Earth-like planet has ice, does the ice have to be on both poles? For example, could a planet have ice on its south pole but not on the north pole, year-round?
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Cooling the Indian subcontinent using tibet [closed]

The Indian subcontinent is at the same latitude as the Sahara desert, and if not for the Tibetan Plateau reversing the Haileys cell, would have the same enviornment. The plateau causes rain in the ...
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Maintaining an ice-free Northwest Passage with statites

Due to various territorial rearrangements, in 2060, the largest seaport in the United States is Churchill, Manitoba. A much reduced but still significant volume of shipping needs to reach the country ...
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A hurricane that stays in one location

Via what physics-related/weather-related mechanism could a hurricane hover in one place relative to the ground indefinitely? What side-effects ((besides the obvious damage to ground structures/life ...
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Are these ocean currents realistic for a planet that rotates 16 times slower than Earth?

Ocean Current Map: The straight red lines are 60* North and South, and the straight blue lines are 30* North and South. The curved blue lines with an arrow represent cold currents, while the curved ...
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Terraforming Antarctica: Is it possible to make it habitable without harming the Earth?

Let me explain what I mean by terraforming. Let's say we want Antarctica to be like Scandinavia or Finland. People from all over the Earth would colonise it and build the "United States of ...
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What would weather be like on a smaller Earth that has the same surface gravity?

First, let me state my current understanding of things (with the help of Universe Sandbox), just in case it is wrong somewhere and thus my question is wrong: To have the same surface gravity as Earth'...
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Could the weather be created without magic?

Aclime is a strange planet. It is Earth-like, with seas and land, but for some reason, there's no weather: more specifically, a sort of supernatural force exist, that pushes against any flow, thus ...
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Are there any crops or agricultural practices well suited for a cool and very wet climate?

I am working on one particular region in a conworld that has a particularly cool, mild, and wet climate, similar to the west coasts of Southern Chile, New Zealand's South Island, or Washington state. ...
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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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Lethal Low Pressure Fronts

On a giant 50 mile high volcano, created and sustained by magic, there is extreme weather. Storms, high winds, snow, everything you'd find at the flanks of exceedingly high mountain. Explorers have ...
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Swimming in the rain?

This question is inspired by salmon swimming up waterfalls. I am aware that it is an entirely different thing, but I felt that it was worth mentioning in understanding the question. “What would need ...
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What would the atmosphere of the Archaean Earth look like? (Before massive oxygenation)

I am designing an exoplanet in the Alpha Centauri system that is remarkably like ancient Earth before photosynthetic life developed and proliferated oxygen into the air. For Archaean Earth's ...
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How do storms scale with planet radius?

I'm trying to figure out how weather scales with planet size, keeping other factors constant. For a specific example, say a planet with the following characteristics: Twice the radius of Earth. ...
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Will extreme cold damage hard drives? [closed]

At one point in Snowpiercer (the Netflix series) to keep some hard drives warm (or room temperature) in a research outpost in the context of a snowy post-apocalyptic world where the average outside ...
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Water in the interior of a very large continent

Consider a world that is much larger than Earth, but has Earthlike conditions on the surface. (Including gravity = 1g, by some suitable unobtainium.) Clearly, the surface could be covered in a large ...
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Creating fog over the ocean and large island using electricity and..?

Short version: This sea dragon can discharge and manipulate electricity. It wants to cover a large area of the ocean's surface in fog, how could it accomplish this? The creature is intelligent and has ...
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Magic liquid that falls like rain, how will that affect the weather patterns and landscape? [closed]

So, my knowledge of weather patterns and geology is very limited, but I'm writing a book where magic is an abundant liquid substance that behaves similarly to water. I'm not sure exactly what it'll be ...
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Why stackable magic spells are hardly used in battle despite being the most powerful kind?

A certain magic spell can cast its effect over an area, which is often known as area of effect spell. One such notable spell is chill spell, which slows target metabolism and movement. However, as ...
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How quickly would an inch per hour of rain flood an enclosed 2x2 mile area?

In my setting, an apocalyptic supernatural event made the earth into a gridded globe of "squares" (more like columns) that are roughly 2x2 miles at sea level, getting larger going up and ...
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Weird form of insulation

I asked before if large gas bags coming out of a creature could be a form of insulation. This avenue of question proved fruitless. But with it in mind, is there some natural form of insulation besides ...
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What's the best climate for the extremes of a supercontinent that doesn't exceed latitude 55 and don't have ice caps?

The world is not to be so much different from Earth, unless it has 1.5x Earth's mass, the average temperature is 17°C and the axial tilt is 20,5°. Comparing to Earth in this latitude, it should be Cfb/...
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Impact winters and understanding their “impact” [closed]

I have visited Impact Earth! and love the amount of information. I understand the information on how much particulate would be ejected into the atmosphere. However, there are no calculations for how ...
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Weather and temperature effects on leather armor

What exactly happens to leather armor in different environmental conditions, for example battles or long exposure to rain or desert heat? What can be done to negate or care for it?
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Climates of a Eurasia-like continent in the tropics

I'm working on an earth-like world that has a two main continents akin to Eurasia+Africa. but centred on the Equator. Basically, the premise is to shift the east-west axis of diffusion that exists on ...
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Ring of storms around a planet

I'm looking to see if it's possible to create a planet which has constant, violent storms occurring in a ring around the planet. There's been plenty of questions on here about weather on tidally ...
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Could a planet have a single source of wind?

I was creating a map of the air currents in my world, working back from the climates of the land (which I had already determined). (The world consists of one continent, similar to Pangea, with empty ...
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Weather with extreme seasons

Assuming the axial tilt of the Earth was increased to roughly 30°, and the orbital eccentricity roughly doubled(0.03 as opposed to 0.016) so that the average temperature stayed the same, but the ...
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How to model an earth-like planet with extreme winters in the northern hemisphere?

I want to create a planet where there are extreme winters (3 months with temperatures up to -40°C) at around 50° latitude. The summers are just slightly hotter (a day of 30°C in the summer would not ...
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What would weather look like on a world with a 9-year day?

In a world I am building, the planet's days are longer than its years, with a single day taking 9 years. In all other ways, this planet is similar to Earth, but are there other differences I am ...
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Keeping an "hot eyeball planet" wet

Consider such a tidally locked planet: Many issues with tidally locked worlds have been discussed, but I'm not clear on how the water cycle for an otherwise Earth-like tidally locked world, would be ...
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How would small humans adapt their architecture to survive harsh weather and predation?

These humans would be 10x smaller than us, around 16-18cm tall, just divide by ten on our current heights. If we're small, that would mean animals are 10x bigger than normal. Keep in mind that puddles ...
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How can a planet have relatively common lethal hailstones?

Sometimes hailstones reach sizes that are deadly to large animals and people and livestock have been killed. This is a relatively rare occurrence on Earth of course. If I want a planet where lethal ...
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If I enter a large island into the North Sea, how would that impact local climate, weather & tides?

For the purpose of a story, I'm having an additional island in the North Sea. The island is where the Doggerbank used to be, but a bit larger. The highest "mountaintops" are around 1000m, ...

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