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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Effects of rainy zone in the desert?

Suppose there's an Earth-like planet. In the middle of the desert, a wizard/sorcerer/etc has enchanted a 30-mile-long rectangular area, so that, for two hours a night, clouds form and gently rain in ...
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What would Earth be like if there was no salt water?

I was making a planet for a game and I was wondering how the world would be affected if it never had salt water, but instead a huge fresh water supply. Then I thought about what it might do to the ...
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How would Weather and Regional climate work on a Flat world?

For my WIP's setting I'm using a variation of the Sky World concept. The cosmos looks very similar to the Astral Sea. The shape of the cosmos akin to a torus and filled with a silvery ether a thin, ...
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What would daily life be like for an agrarian iron-age civilization that lived in a permanent state of near-twilight?

It's always ~7:30 PM. Gravity and air are normal, and clouds and winds and storms exist, but there's no moon, and the sun is always just touching the horizon, without ever moving in the sky. The ...
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Living in the surface-volume of a hypersphere [closed]

Context: I'm designing a "demi-universe," accessible from Earth (via appropriately supernatural means), that has the following internal topological property: given any point in 3D space, and any 3D ...
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Is it possible to rain dinosaurs? [closed]

There are many strange natural phenomenons such as raining objects and live animals from the sky, I'm planning to mass produce hybrid dinosaurs and rain them over my enemy, can it be done in the ...
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What would the climate be like on an earth-like planet with only one convection cell per hemisphere?

Earth has three convection cells per hemisphere. These are the Polar cell, Ferrel cell and Hadley cell. These create the trade winds, westerlies and polar easterlies which control many aspects of ...
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What would be the effects of an Earth-like planet with a longer year and longer lunar orbit?

What would be the effects of an Earth-like planet with a longer year and longer lunar orbit? I have a planet with 432 days in a year and a lunar cycle of 36 days, with 12 months at 36 days each. The ...
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How can I explain rain pouring skyward?

Water droplet forms from a pool of water and gradually rise or accelerate upward to the sky, my question is how can I explain such an phenomenon in a convincing way? kindly use magic sparingly and ...
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How To Not be in Tornado Alley Anymore [closed]

I am from northeastern Nebraska, which means I often get concerned about the potential of coming tornadoes. So what, geographically, must I do to put northeastern Nebraska AWAY from Tornado Alley ...
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How should I introduce heavier elements on this world?

Based on this question I asked a while ago, I would like to know how to safely introduce new heavier elements to the world by asteroids without wiping the entire life and even keeps handy quantity of ...
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Global drought over about a decade

I'm trying to figure out a realistic mechanism to explain a global drought that only lasts for about a decade. Assume an earth-like planet. My goal for this drought is not to have no rain and kill ...
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How dark can a habitable planet be?

I'm picturing a world with a permanent, dark, overcast sky, but I'm wondering how dark it can be before photosynthesis is no longer an option. It looks like there are a good number of plants that ...
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A city where it doesn't rain in the day, for a month, and can farm on the outskirts

I'm trying to figure out if a certain city, with these characteristics, is possible, geographically: Assume the city's the size of Renaissance London... With Renaissance London technology Doesn't ...
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What would the weather on this continent be like?

I am developing a world on this continent: To know the world, I have to know how the weather works. Inside the white line is the continent. The blue arrows denote the flow of water. Up is north, down ...
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Walking on clouds

Is there any combination of factors that would allow the average human to walk on a cloud without the aid of magic or technology? If so, could buildings and cities be constructed on clouds in those ...
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World destruction - continued existence of separate biomes possible?

If a world containing various biomes (frozen tundra, plains, volcanic etc), was destroyed by an asteroid or series of natural disasters, would the huge chunks of the world be able continue supporting ...
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How can I explain a planet with perpetual rain?

I was planning a short story that focuses on a rainy day in a city, and I realized that there's one interesting feature of it: Even though the weather seems bleak, and it affects the actions of those ...
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What if the Empire State Building were buried to the roof in snow?

I recently wrote a silly little flash fiction piece in which some party-goers go hide in a bunker under an apartment building in NYC because of a "megablizzard." In said silly flash fiction, I buried ...
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Weather on a mini-ringworld/Banks Orbital

An Orbital is a miniature ringworld used by the Culture in Iain M. Banks's Culture series. Wikipedia has details on their basic structure, but to simplify, the main difference from a Niven ringworld ...
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How big must a building/spaceship be to create an indoor weather system?

The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building and the proposed Nazi Volkshalle are cited to be "big enough for weather systems to form inside them". The building has at least 10,000 tons of air conditioning ...
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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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How could constant or near-constant rain in an area be possible?

What would cause an area to get continuous rainfall (a la Blade Runner), and what implications would that have for other parts of the world? Ideally I'd like to hear about both natural conditions ...
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What would ammonia snowflakes look like?

What I've found out is that Ammonia has (in the relevant temperature/pressure regime) cubic crystal structure. But what would that mean for ammonia snowflakes? Would they have fourfold symmetry? But ...
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What would the weather be like in an asteroid habitat?

The idea of hollowing out asteroids, spinning them on their longest axis, and filling them with air, water, and soil is common in science fiction (Rendezvous with Rama, or 2312 for good examples). ...
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Can cities and homes stop being functional during an impact winter where the only option is move on?

Following up on this question, Would Living Underground during Impact Winter be Ideal, I realized I have more questions. I was asking about an impact winter that was caused by an asteroid and leads ...
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Would living underground during an impact winter be ideal?

I was looking at these two questions: Expanding Occupied Underground Habitations Safely Does Living without access to Sunlight have known Physical/Psychological effects? And in a story I'm writing, ...
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Centralised continent, with sea/wind currents?

I'm currently designing a large scale D&D based campaign, magic is based on winds and weather coming from two points, the 'northern pole' and the 'southern pole'. Currently the "world" is a ...
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What complications would arise from a world with an internal atmosphere and environment?

For a long, long, long time I have had a concept of a world that exists on the inside of a hallowed-out sphere. The basic construction of the world is like this: It is a large world, at the center ...
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Is there a man-made or natural event that can cause an abrupt climate change within hours/a day?

Meaning, cause a seemingly normal winter to suddenly take a turn within hours or a day/two into a completely frozen territory? From what I've read, abrupt climate change happens from ocean currents. ...
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How would a force field dome over a city affect the weather?

I put a force field dome over my city. How would that affect the weather inside the city, and outside it? Specification of the city: 10 × 40 km on the surface 1 km in height dome would be 2 to 3 km ...
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What is the likely method of surviving a Tsunami in a city?

After asking this question, What's the worst natural disaster that could hit New York City in our lifetime, it looks like the most popular answer was a Tsunami. A tsunami, however, from the sources of ...
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What's the worst natural disaster that could hit New York City in our lifetime? [closed]

I'm writing a post-apocalypse story that takes place in New York, mainly the city as the survivors escape the island to the outer boroughs. Anyway, living in New York all of my life, the worse that I'...
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Can whiteout/snowstorm conditions be coupled with heavy fog?

In a story I am working on, I need a scene in which one of the main characters finds himself outside in precarious weather conditions, unable to see unaided much farther out than an armlength or so. ...
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Primary environmental concerns of a new coastal settlement

A group of settlers from a mid-renaissance era have setup an initial settlement along a coastline. Materials for shelter exist and fishing serves as the initial food source. What are the primary ...
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Can a world sustain constant low-pressure and high-pressure areas?

Would a world be able to sustain a constant low pressure area such that there would be a constant wind from one side to the other? Imagine that on one side of the world is a desert with some rocky ...