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ZetaTalk: Forcast Seasons
Note: added during the Jan 18, 2003 Live ZetaTalk IRC Session.

We have stated that due to the shift, a new geography will ensure, and a new climate for most lands. The shift happens within an hour, and rotation starts within a day after the shift, the monster planet causing the shift on its way rapidly. The largest influence on the climate of any given region is the sun, the degree of sunlight, whether this is experienced through clouds or a cloud-free sky. Thus, should those parts of the globe now experiencing winter get the summer sun, their climate would change rapidly, only being delayed by the frozen ground. The second largest influence is air and water currents that pass over or near the locale. For instance, where ice masses such as a pole are melting under the Equatorial sun, this cold water or air might flow over a land, cooling it considerably. A boy, sitting on a block of ice on a warm summer day, will be shivering, not sweating.

Thus, South Africa might find itself with temperatures more like Spring than Summer, though virtually under the new Equator after the shift, due to the prevailing Westerly blowing cold air and running cold ocean current from the melting Antarctica. And likewise, Alaska, due to have a virtual tropical climate in the Aftertime, might find this takes a year to settle in firmly due to the melting of the North Pole ice and the prevailing westerly blowing air and ocean currents in their direction. Third largest influence is the state of the ground, as frozen ground takes some weeks to warm up, and warm ground days to freeze. Think of Spring, when the warm steady sun melts the ground, seemingly within days. Or of Fall, when a cold snap can put ice on the ponds and harden the ground, also within days. This influence is unlikely to last thus, for more than a week or two, with pockets of lingering heat or cold in the ground, not the air. Thus, the climate change should be assumed to be the target climate, not the climate being left behind.

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