The study of the weather, either on planets or on/in megascale habitats. The field includes observation, simulation, and prediction of atmospheric phenomena such as wind, cloud, rain, atmospheric convection, weather fronts, storms, rainbows, halos, and "northern lights", the effect of terrain on the weather, planetary weather and weather and climate engineering, unusual phenomena like ball lightning and natural plasma displays, and the use of instruments like radar, satellites, microremotes, utility fog and areostatic nano to gauge atmospheric conditions. Meteorology deals with short-term atmospheric phenomenon, whereas Climatology deals with long-term weather patterns. Various specialised fields also deal with weather patterns in different planetary types, weather patterns specific to particular hab designs, virchuniverse-only weather simulations, and other areas.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Stephen Inniss
based on the original by Robert J. Hall
Initially published on 08 December 2001.