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How far Kinshasa DRC is tilted away from the solar plane on the summer and winter solstices?

I am given examples of this for Brampton (Canada) (43° 41’ latitude) On the Summer Solstice you do latitude minus the Earth’s axis tilt which is 23° 26’, so 43° 41’ - 23° 26’ = 20° 15’. On the Winter ...
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Is there any place on Earth that does not have a "sub-annual" cycle/season?

I am not sure if this question makes sense, it is completely out of the blue. Over a large range of latitudes, we have 4 distinct seasons and repeat again and again the next years. Even in the poles, ...
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Is there a bigger diurnal temperature variation in the summer because of a greater humidity?

It seems there is a greater variation in temperature during summer than during winter (image: maximal and minimal temperatures in Britain - source). My hypothesis is that this is because there's a ...
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Does the amount of UVA radiations one receives depend on the day ot the year?

The following quotes seem to be contradictory. From skincancer.org, the amount of UVA radiations during daylight hours stays constant throughout the year: UVA accounts for up to 95 percent of the UV ...
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Why is there no American dry winter monsoon?

Some regions have monsoon conditions, a seasonal reversal of wind due to the heating and cooling of major land masses. This is true of east Asia in particular; according to https://science.jrank.org/...
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Does storm seasonality vary with latitude?

Anecdotally, where I live in northern Europe, the weather seems to be stormier in winter, and this seems to be backed up by hard data. For example, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
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Are there some places near the equator that are hottest in their winter and some that are hottest in their summer? Is there a map of this?

Under this answer there's a comment: I am not aware of any location having its hottest temperature in winter... and for mid-to-polar latitude folks specifically we first learn that our summer is the ...
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Why does the Indian subcontinent experience it's warmest weather in April and May?

The summer solstice is on June 21,2021, indicating the start of summer in the northern hemisphere. Why does the Indian subcontinent experience it's warmest weather in April and May followed by the ...
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Why does Panama have a dry season?

So, I understand that during much of the year, Panama gets regular rain due to moist air being carried in by the trade winds from the Caribbean. However, the country also has a "dry season" from ...
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Why isn't the side of the earth facing the sun completely illuminated by sunlight from the north to the south pole every day of the year?

We all know that the earth rotates every 24 hours, that it is tilted 23.5 degrees, that it circles the sun every 365 days, and that it is located approximately 148,600,000 km (92,333,000 miles) from ...
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Is this what is meant by a phenological season?

I’ve often thought there were three ways to define the seasons. I’ll use spring as an example. The first are the astronomical seasons, which is what calendars show and in my example would be the date ...
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Why does foliage coloration vary on north/south sides of ridge (Northeast USA)?

I recently flew into New Jersey over the Delaware river and took this photo of the ridgeline at the Delaware Water Gap. The trees are mostly green (early October) but on the south-east side of the ...
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Where can I find information about monthly seasonal change in a given area?

I have searched Google for almost an hour with no result. I'm looking for something like, "Indonesia, January to August is rain season, September to December is hot season". I can't use the old ...
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How was Venice flooded?

If I understand this correctly, Venice was not flooded due to sudden rainfall causing rivers to overflow, but due to the high tides. These high tides were caused by an alignment of sun, which was ...
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What would happen to the Earth if there were no seasons?

If the Earth was in a fixed equinox state, what would the equilibrium temperature be at each pole? Assume daily cycle and convection and so on operate as usual, just that it's permanent sunset at both ...
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Easy homework questions about seasons and daytime

The following homework assignment is supposed to be easy, but there seems to be information missing from the questions asked (or at the very least knowledge from OP). At which width circle does the ...
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Why do meteorological seasons start earlier than astronomical seasons?

In meteorology the seasons always start at the beginning of the month the astronomical seasons start. The astronomical seasons start around the 21st in a month so I guess it would make more sense to ...
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Do Siberia and Canada have a rasputitsa?

The rasputitsa is a muddy season that happens twice per year in West Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. It happens in mid-October to late November due to rains, and mid-March to late April due to thaws (...
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Defining dry/wet season in Europe

I am developing a remote sensing model and I also want to consider the climate data. My question is, how can I define a dry/wet season for a country like e.g. Austria? I have the weather data for ...
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What are the most similar Earth analogues to Mars' seasonally recurring slope linea?

Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) on Mars are suggested to be water that seasonally melts from underground ice and sublimates through the sand and dust to darken the surface. Slowly flowing downhill to ...
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Are "rainy season" and "less rainy season" good ways to describe Amazon seasons in English scientific language?

I'm a Brazilian native. Here, the English translation to the most didactic way to express the Amazon seasons are: "rainy season", and "less rainy season", because it always rains a lot, but there is a ...
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How did natural processes as we know them develop around effects of winter? [closed]

Everything on earth evolved around changing seasons and the different versions of resources they bring with them, so I'm curious, how did natural processes take advantage of winter qualities to shape ...
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Have the seasons always been?

Has the Earth had it's wobble that causes the seasonal variation in solar energy in the northern and southern hemispheres for it's entire history? Is this variation evident in the geologic record or ...
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Where'd Summer go?

So I live in Texas, and it get awfully hot in the summer- like 37°C hot- and yet, when winter rolls around, it can get down to 4° or 5° pretty easily. So, my limited understanding or weather and stuff ...
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Sun's Highest Point on June 21

Where would you have to be for the sun to be highest overhead at noon on June 21? Since the rays of the Sun are perpendicular to the Tropic of Cancer on June 21, shouldn't the Sun be overhead in this ...
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Equator and Hours of Daylight

Since the equator is closest to the sun, would it have more daylight hours compared to, say, the Tropic of Cancer? I am using an example, however, would it be true if the farther one is from the ...
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Latitude and Daylight Hours

What is the relationship between the latitude and daylight hours for each season? When I interpret the answer for the question, I believe the number of daylight hours decreases as the latitude ...
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Are there any seasonal or diurnal trends in earthquakes?

Though I imagine it's unlikely there is any significant correlation because daily and annual temperature variation really only impact a fairly shallow layer of the crust, I wondered whether the actual ...
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What time and date is the sun directly overhead a given place on Earth?

In different regions, the sun is directly overhead at different times of the year. When do these event happen?
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Are the length of seasons the same globally?

Is the length of time, say months, for each season the same all over the world or can it vary?
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Why would the arctic have very short spring and autumn?

I read http://www.jeanlouisetienne.com/en/images/encyclo/imprimer/11.htm that in the arctic, (and no doubt the antarctic - the pole regions), "Spring and autumn last just a few weeks each" I ...
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Is there a seasonal difference in the average cloud floor?

It always looks like clouds are so much higher in the sky (altitude) in the summer than in the winter. Is that true? If not, is there some sort of optical illusion? If so, why is that? I live in Iowa,...
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Why isn't the date of final stratospheric warming and polar vortex breakup regared as the official end of winter?

Let me try to clarify what I'm really asking: Imagine that, for whatever reason, the meteorologists and Earth scientists decide to revisit the definitions of the seasons---to define them from ...
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Climate in subequatorial regions

Recently my prof asked a question: Why in subequatorial regions do we have six months of rainy season and six months dry season? How do wet and dry seasons 'form'? I can't find the answer anywhere ...
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Why does winter get colder after the solstice?

Intuitively, it makes perfect sense to think that the coldest day of the year would be the day that gets the least sunshine, the winter solstice. In the northern hemisphere, this occurs a few days ...
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How Short IS The Arctic Summer?

In all the documentaries I've seen regarding the Arctic or anyplace close to it, like Alaska or Siberia, they simply say that summer in the Arctic is "short". But how short is short? How long does ...
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Why wouldn't the earth be "always daytime" if the "daily cycle of sunlight" was drawn full-scale?

The question is clear enough in my opinion but, I've found out that if you redraw this picture here: You'll notice that the Sun is as big as the Earth. But if you scale up the Sun to it's real size ...
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Why doesn't the sun reach its highest point overhead at exactly 12:00 noon?

Many sources state that 12:00 noon is the high-point or mid-point of the sun's path across the sky. However, for where I am, this is obviously wrong. In my own town the high point of the sun occurs ...
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Why don't all living beings die at night due to lack of oxygen?

During the day plants photosynthesize and give out oxygen through stomata. But during the night, when half of the planet is dark, half of the earth's trees/plants consumes oxygen to survive. At that ...
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What would the equilibrium temperature be at the poles in a world without seasonality?

Inspired by: How does Antarctica stay frozen? If the Earth was in a fixed solstice state - northern winter and southern summer (e.g. the axis obliquity rotated with the Earth's orbit), what would ...
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