May 4, 2013
Star Wars: The Climate And Weather
In celebration of “May the Fourth be with You,” redOrbit is hosting a series of Star Wars-inspired blogs.
May 4, the Star Wars celebration begins. As a Meteorologist, I found this next blog to be very interesting. I was asked to do some research on the planets of Star Wars. So, what I have done is put a little work together here on what weather and climate would be like on these planets. I only chose six of the many planets, so here is some of the information I found out.
The first planet was Dagobah, an ecosystem with forest land and swamp lands, which makes this a very interesting place. The climate of this place to support that type of ecosystem would be a humid subtropical climate meaning that it would have year round mild and humid weather. There would not be a lot of change between the daytime and night time temps for this planet. So, a simple forecast for this place would be hot and humid during the day and hot and humid at night. I wonder how well they enjoyed living on that planet; almost sounds like the same as Florida.
The next stop takes us to the planet Tattooine. This planet is described as everyone’s worst nightmare; hot and dry just like a dessert. The climate of this planet would be hot days and cold nights; because of the lack of moisture present on the planet the nights would be very cold. This planet would also be hard to support much life because of the lack of water on it.
The next planet was a big one, planet Corruscant. This was one of the most popular planets of the show and the center of most transportation routes in and out. The climate for this location would be city induced and also polar ice caps formation. To get this mix of things it would resemble a mild to slightly warm city life, with seasons and the outer limits would be the best for locating the ice caps. Because it had ice caps, snow would be possible on this planet, as well. So, this planet would really be a close climate resemblance of Earth, probably the mid-Latitudes and also the North Pole.
Dathomir. This planet was known for having mountains and forest regions, along with valleys. With that being said, it was very possible to have warm weather in the valleys, with cold weather at the mountain tops and then a humid climate in the forest regions. So, this planet also would have a good appearance of various places on earth. The forest would be tropical in nature, while the mountains would reflect a seasonal climate variation and the valleys would probably be an arid type climate.
Next stop, Chandrila. This planet by far resembles planet earth the most of all the ones I have mentioned so far. There were oceans, hills, grasslands and cities. So, this planet would really support an active weather cycle due to the oceans being present to provide plenty of moisture and the hills there to allow the moisture to rise in the atmosphere and the green grasslands that formed from all the rainfall. The cities would also present their own micro climate on this planet. This planet would be really neat to study more and see the weather patterns that setup over it.
Last planet of choice was the Planet Drongar. This planet also had a lot of hot and humid weather, so again a tropical type planet with hot weather and plenty of moisture to flow. This planet would support hot and humid days followed by hot and humid night as well. Think about Hawaii, Florida or even Singapore; then you could see this planet in your vision from a weather and climate perspective.
Image Credit: Star Wars.com