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Mapping Arnâron – Climate, Draft 1

Alright, here’s the first draft of my climate zones for Arnâron. I am not sure if this is entirely realist – consider it a “first guess”. I’ve made this map a little bigger… I hope you can tell what is what – I am having trouble with the colors (I am colorblind – not completely, but enough to give me serious problems when it comes to differentiating colors…)

Arnâron - Climate Zones

Legend:

Arnâron - Climate - Legend
Arnâron - Climate - Legend

I may revisit this. Either way I am now getting really close to populating the world with what truly matters: People.

Mapping Arnâron – Wind Patterns

Okay, this one was a tough one, and I am not sure how realistic the result is. Nils presents: The prevailing winds of Arnâron! Red circles are high pressure areas, blue circles are low pressure ares; the thin black arrows are prevailing winds. The thick black line is the intertropical convergence zone.

These maps are based on the general idea that the north is colder during the “beginning of the year”, aka “January”, while the south is warmed in the “middle of the year” aka “July”. I also used the ocean currents as a basis of where to place high / low pressure areas.

Arnâron - Winds in July
Arnâron - Winds in January

The ITCZ should probably extend far to the north in the middle of the year (lower map).

Looks confusing? Yes, to me too. But it’s giving me some ideas for climate zones already; for example I think the eastern half of the south-eastern landmass may be a desert, as its coastal mountain ranges will likely shield it from rain in the “beginning of the year” phase (“January”), and the wind will go the other way in the “July” phase. The southern half of the western continent is probably desert, too.

It is also worthy to note that seasonal changes will in general be more gentle than on Earth, because the year is much longer.

Laying down climate zones is the next logical step, too. Once I am done with that, I’ll be able to determine where people originated, where civilizations rose, and where humans stagnated. This is also where we join the Shakespeare & Dragons podcast again.