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The subtle influence of the Moon on Earth's weather

The subtle influence of the Moon on Earth's weather


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The Moon affects the Earth's climate

The most obvious effect can be seen in the ocean tides. The Earth's rotation causes the Moon's gravity to pull the water on the closest side of Earth towards it, creating a bulge. The centrifugal force caused by the Earth's rotation makes the sea bulge on the other side too. Thes...

Excessive flooding pose a danger

According to Nasa, the rising sea levels combined with the influence of the nodal cycle can increase the number of high tide floods in the 2030s.

These floods could damage infrastructure and change coastlines. In addition, it could be an existential threat to wildlife in coastal ecosystems....

Tides influence the movement of ocean currents. Warm ocean currents bring warmer, wetter weather, while cold currents bring colder, drier weather.

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (Enso) may be affected by the lunar nodal cycle too. Usually, strong winds along the equator blow warm surface ...

The Moons effect on ice, land and air

  • The Moon affects polar temperatures on a monthly cycle. Satellite measurements have shown that poles are 0.55C warmer during a full Moon.
  • The Moon creates tidal currents and waves in the ocean that can either melt or break up sea ice.

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