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About Redsheep

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  1. Yes, thank you. The picture is complicated here by the planet not being earthlike; since the terrain is broken up into modest-sized blocks, really enormous weather patterns can't form. I imagine this would also mean greater extremes in local climate, since you can't have moderating effects like the Gulf Stream on the same scale. So the northernmost basin is much cooler than it would be on Earth at equivalent latitude, etc.
  2. Thank you very much! It sounds like this is at least plausible enough that any readers with a meteorology background won't roll their eyes with disgust and throw the book across the room. Would you expect anything in particular to happen when the circuit is completed--when the warm air streaming north at high altitude sinks back down? Would the meeting of hot and cold make it rainy at the top end as well?
  3. . . . I take it there are too many unknowns to even guess? I understand that meteorology depends on a billion different factors, changing one slightly can produce drastically different results, and I've changed dozens with this scenario. That would be good news for me too, as a science-fiction author with only a broad general knowledge of science. I love "plausible deniability." But is that the case?
  4. So, I'm a science-fiction writer, and I've got a weird one here: suppose you've got a planet that's mostly barren, with viable atmosphere, etc. conditions confined to a series of extremely deep rifts and depressions. Within those depressions, basically normal earthlike conditions prevail, so 21% oxygen, abundant water. They're up to sixteen kilometers deep, and outside of them the atmosphere as I conceive of it is quite rarified (i.e. top of Everest conditions). Of course, I am not a meteorologist, which is why I'm here, so possibly my picture there is implausible. For full disclosure, in
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