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Destiny: Is the Tower cold?

@cantstopwontstopdestinytrash asked if the Tower plaza was cold!

Short answer: Yes!

Next question: How cold?

Well the lovely math of this person ( @erismorne) tells us the Tower is about a mile tall. There is a general meteorological rule of thumb that for every 1000 feet above sea level you go, the temperature drops 3.3°F (~9.8°C). So the top of the tower is about 15-16°F colder than it’s base at any given time.

Here’s an average map of temperatures for Lukla, Nepal. Its a lower elevation mountain town, just a headcanon for a location similar to what the City appears to be.



The max average of this town is 85°F (29°C). The top of the Tower would be 70°F (21°C). Lets say it’s a steamy 35°F (7°C) down there in the City? Top of the Tower is a lovely 30°F and -1°C. What if it dips down to a chilly 10°F (-12°C)? Tower plaza is sitting at -5°F (-20°C).

Bundle up, Guardians.


A Continent Divided

Time frame: February 2015

This is a land surface temperature (LST) anomalies map. Land temperature is a measure of land surface heating, where solar energy is absorbed and then radiated back out. As a measure, it’s often significantly warmer than air temperature.Warm anomalies are shown in red, near-normal in white, and cooler-than-normal temperatures in blue.


This mysterious super-Earth is so hot it’s like a runny egg filled with lava 

We’ve seen the first temperature map of a new super-Earth exoplanet, and we don’t wanna go. The map shows the planet, named 55 Cancri e, is a hot, hellish world with temperatures hovering around 4,400 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. The night side is much cooler —  at about 2,060 degrees Fahrenheit.

With its inferno-like temperatures, 55 Cancri e probably can’t support life as we know it. But all hope is not lost.

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When viewed in just the right way, Earth is covered in swirling brushstrokes that put Van Gogh’s most famous works to shame. Differences in temperature and pressure, friction and other phenomena cause fluids like water in the ocean and air in the atmosphere to move in mesmerizing patterns. Sometimes it just takes a supercomputer to see the dance. 

These images represent the next generation of ocean current models that reveal some of the hidden action. Produced by the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Lab, the top image shows Atlantic Ocean water surface temperatures and the bottom illustrates the Southern Ocean’s currents and eddies flowing eastward around Antarctica. 

Both are part of the lab’s Climate, Ocean and Sea Ice Modeling program to project global alterations to the planet from climate change using the most advanced technologies and methods. Models were built using a supercomputer that operates 8,000 processors simultaneously and verified against real-world satellite and shipboard observations. 

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