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Q&A How to reduce tornados in the US Great Plains?

How could I modify an alternate Earth to have less tornados in the American Great Plains area known as Tornado Alley? Maybe make the Rockies lower? Introduce an east-west range of mountains or high...

1 answer  ·  posted 5mo ago by Aaron‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A How Would I Make an Oceanless World Feasible?

The planet I'm thinking of is of similar size and distance from its star relative to Earth, but it lacks oceans, instead consisting of one massive continent with a huge mountain range (reminiscent ...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A I would appreciate your advice on the climate of my world

There are some things I don't understand. So far I have my map pretty developed but I think I made some mistakes and there are places I am not sure about. I know I made some mistakes with ocean cur...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Martin Pavlíček‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Martin Pavlíček‭

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Q&A 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 s...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Jack Foisy‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jack Foisy‭

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Q&A Weather and climate of Massive Grass Plains?

In my world I want a massive region (7 million mi²) to be as flat as the Great Plains. There are no trees or hills; basically it's just a grass sea. I am trying to figure out what kind of weath...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Gray9‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Gray9‭

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Q&A Meteorological consequences of walls reaching into the sky, enclosing a large area

Suppose we walled off a 1000 km square. These walls would be made of unobtanium (so they don't break), and have no cracks or holes that go all the way through. They are also around 15 kilometres hi...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Mark Gardner‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Gardner‭

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Q&A Mechanism behind ocean-containing ice caps

I don't fully understand the mechanisms behind an ice cap that contains all the water in the oceans. Just to be specific, I have a planet that resembles Mars, i.e. desert at the equator, ice at pol...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Could ocean and wind currents form on a tidally heated body

The moon is similar to earth but orbits around a gas giant, the sun has ended its life cycle and so the only energy received on the moon comes from tidal interactions heating its core. On earth an...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Samantha Clark‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Samantha Clark‭

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Q&A Could Long, Dense Walls of "Megamangroves" Deflect The Deadliest of Storms?

This is the world's tallest tree--the coast redwood. It can grow as high up as 115.5 meters. Any taller, and the transportation of water in its vascular tissues would not climb all the way. Bu...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A How do I get strong storms on a slow rotator

My planet has a day length of ~52 earth hours. This means storms like hurricaines and thunderstorms will be weaker. How do I combat this and generate really strong storms and winds on a slow rota...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A If Earth had a sideways axial tilt (like Uranus), would Earth still have tornadoes?

Imagine Earth was hit hard by some force so devastating that Earth now has an axial tilt of 90.0 degrees, a far cry from the usual 23.5 degree. The same force somehow eliminates the Moon. In my sto...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Is it realistic that mountain cultures use a different calendar than the low landers?

My fantasy setting is on a wet and humid world of innumerable islands; many of which are quite mountainous. With conditions ranging from Mediterranean to Tropical. The culture here experience onl...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Trismegistus‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Trismegistus‭

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Q&A How could a portable handheld weather machine work?

Intro: As some of you may know, the character shown in this picture is none other than the Weather Wizard, one of the Flash's most dangerous adversaries. With the help of rod-like device in his h...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Strivs‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Strivs‭

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Q&A Volcanic island generating its own storms

Picture this, a highly volcanic island sitting in the middle of a temperate or sub-arctic sea, the heat generated by the magma beneath the island and the volcano heats the air enough to generate a ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A 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 fr...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by com.prehensible‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by com.prehensible‭

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Q&A Could an enormous structure be used to attract rain by acting as an artificial mountain?

If it were possible to build a giant geodesic dome tens of miles in diameter, what effect would it have on nearby weather? If built in an arid climate like the Sahara or Australia, would it be li...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stonecraft‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Stonecraft‭

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Q&A 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 empt...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rory M. Tims‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rory M. Tims‭

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Q&A How would X-Seed 4000(s) affect the weather?

So, the X-Seed 4000 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Seed_4000) is a rather large lad. The tallest building ever fully realized. Let's just say that, in five decades, they decide to actually build ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Ethan Hill‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ethan Hill‭

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Q&A Is there any way for humanity to cope with perpetual acid rains?

All of a sudden, overnight, abruptly, weather forecast guys go on strikes... everywhere is raining nitric acid non stop so that on average the amount reported is 100mm and the pH level is 3 occasio...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What would weather/geographical conditions be like on a tidally locked moon?

I'm trying to figure out what weather patterns and geographical conditions would exist on a habitable moon that is tidally locked to a much larger planet/gas giant. From my research, I was able to ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by CyberneticFen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CyberneticFen‭

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Q&A How cold does it have to be to freeze a waterfall

I have designed a group of medieval towns located on a valley, all of them connected by a navigable river wich ends on a big waterfall. There are some elevators at the side of the waterfall that co...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Erick Silva‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Erick Silva‭

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Q&A If we dug a really big hole on Mars, how long would it last?

How long will a 400 km wide 30 km deep pit (trench or crater) with a relatively shallow (for stability) gradient of slope of 20 degrees from the edge to the surface of the planets crust be expected...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Pelinore‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pelinore‭

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Q&A What would happen if ocean currents suddenly stopped (or changed)?

I'm thinking about a device (in a story I'm writing) that could control ocean currents, and I'm wondering how it could be weaponized. For example, if an ocean current was suddenly stopped, what mig...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TheZedofAges‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheZedofAges‭

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Q&A How could a human society survive in areas with average annual temperatures below -30°C?

I ask this question because in my fictional world, I want to create extremely cold, populated areas, especially in Northernmost areas, but I noticed that in our real world, regions with less than -...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What would happen to the world if all lightning stopped?

Imagine you have a weather-controlling device that you use to eliminate all lightning strikes. They're just too dangerous. What happens to the earth? Does lightning serve a necessary purpose to ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by codebreaker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by codebreaker‭

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Q&A 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 ha...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by David‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by David‭

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Q&A 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 ...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Fulli‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Fulli‭

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Q&A Can Shade Balls be used to stop hurricanes?

I think it would make sense for hurricanes to be combatted using shade balls to block the evaporation of the ocean into the storm. What would we need to stop a hurricane? Info on shade balls.

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by joshua.thomas.bird‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by joshua.thomas.bird‭

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Q&A What would we need to stop a hurricane?

In Star Trek TNG, you hear about some sort of defense back on earth that is supposed to screen out all the bad weather. In the episode "True Q," it is mentioned several times as being capable of pr...

11 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Thomas Myron‭

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Q&A What could cause sudden localized atmospheric pressure change?

Picture a band of happy campers, literal campers, sitting around some fires. Suddenly they feel their inner-ear "filling up" and after mere instants the ears begin popping, as if they were inside ...

13 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by shieldedtulip‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by shieldedtulip‭

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Q&A How can a desert have high humidity?

Deserts are known to be hot and dry places. In my desert, I need a high humidity in the air. It doesn't have to be near the ground, but at least the atmosphere below 1 km should have a layer of hig...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Vylix‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vylix‭

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Q&A Can a Jupiter-Like Gas Giant Have Deep, Dark Storms?

For this question, I was inspired by the following image of the "Jupiter Abyss": What I want to know is, can a Jupiter-like gas giant have thousands of giant black storms, kind of like what I've...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Would this setup of a terraformed moon hold up?

[Edits added in italic] BACKGROUND A few thousand years from now the moon has become one of many habitable places in the solar system. Economy, constant growing knowledge and human will made drast...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Backup Plan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Backup Plan‭

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Q&A What would the temperatures on a terraformed moon be like?

In the far future the moon is terraformed and maintains earth-like conditions for people to walk around freely. Gravity is a 6th of earth's. We assume the atmosphere is "well-functioning for human ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Backup Plan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Backup Plan‭

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Q&A A semi perpetual gloomy climate is possible?

I'd like to know if a climate with snowy and gloomy winters and rainy and cloudy summers is possible. Because the climate of Russia in summer is sunny enough and the Icelandic ones isn't so snowy....

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ontan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ontan‭

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Q&A How would the weather act if you blocked sunlight?

Consider a large flat disc, at least two thousand miles in diameter. It is thin and has comparatively little weight or mass, but it is also opaque and does not let any light through. This flat di...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jimmery‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jimmery‭

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Q&A What would the weather be like after the world is shaded by an immense object?

I have a situation in my imaginary setting, and I am specifically interested in how this situation would affect the weather. The situation is as follows: Positioned above a large landmass of m...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jimmery‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jimmery‭

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Q&A How can glass marbles naturally occur in a desert?

I had a dream that on my alien planet, there was a large desert that had naturally occurring glass marbles in the sand. My dream logic was that the sand was melted into glass and natural weathering...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tardigreat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tardigreat‭

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Q&A World of (nearly) identical snowflakes

In a lab at Caltech Ken Libbrecht has been simulating snowflake formation and under absurdly exact laboratory conditions, they have been able to create almost identical snowflakes. Clearly, in th...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Arash Howaida‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Arash Howaida‭

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Q&A 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, woul...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by aadv‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by aadv‭

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Q&A What's the climate consequences of a planet with these characteristics?

I'm designing a new planet, but I'm having some troubles figuring out the climate. The planet's rotation axis is at a 45° angle relative to its orbital plane, and each rotation takes 24h. The pl...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Mr_Bober‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mr_Bober‭

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Q&A Desert poles but arctic equators; trying to find out if specific way is possible

I'm trying to create a planet with a hot desert north and south pole but a cold equator. Is this possible? and if so how? And if it's heavily related to space how would night and day work on this p...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Rugiewit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rugiewit‭

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Q&A What set of circumstances are most likely to lead to a planet with a climate resembling the Great Plains?

Part of my story will be set on a planet where a culture similar to that of the Old West has arisen - cowboys, frontier towns, homesteaders, etc. In order to make this development more plausible, I...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Locaq‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Locaq‭

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Q&A Cold Weather Patterns

I'm working on a world with a mild but near constant winter. This weather pattern moves down the latitude and causes deep snows and some ice at worst in the mountains to heavy monsoons in tropic re...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Csraves ‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Csraves ‭

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Q&A Is it possible to have a planet with earth-like mass but double the atmospheric pressure?

I'm no scientist and my poor brain box is on its last legs; I was wondering if any of you smart beans out there would be able to help me figure this out? Here are the specs of my system; Kereiol i...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by MissMermaid‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MissMermaid‭

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Q&A Thunderstorms, 24/7

There are a number of places in which cumulonimbus clouds - and therefore, thunderstorms - are likely to form, such as: Cold fronts, where masses of cold air move into hot, moist air masses Aroun...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by SealBoi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SealBoi‭

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Q&A How would a supernaturally heated caldera bay affect the local climate?

A supernatural geological event occurred and created a huge caldera-like formation on the coast of a region similar to Scotland. Over time the caldera filled with water and became a bay surrounded ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by SquidsEye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SquidsEye‭

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Q&A Planet with Gridlike Seas

An Earth analog had been modified by an advanced species to have saltwater seas in an interconnected grid across the planet's surface. The planet has no true oceans and only the large grid network ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Thalassan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Thalassan‭

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Q&A Are there semi plausible scenarios where Nuclear Winter could last a thousand years or trigger an ice age?

Trying to develop a fictional scenario with a 'believable' theory as to how a Nuclear War and resulting Nuclear Winter could turn into a millennial scale ice age. By 'believable', I mean that it p...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by John D‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by John D‭

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Q&A Vertical cyclones in a rotating space habitat

A common, matter-efficient, science-fiction habitat is a hollow cylinder or ring in space that is spun to simulate the pull of gravity on its interior surface. While for most purposes this artifici...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mike Nichols‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mike Nichols‭

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