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||On Venus, Ski Forecast
By Sharon Fabian
1 People love to complain about the weather, and they love to blame the weatherman. Weather forecasters give us the bad news about rain, snow, and sleet. They report summer weather that is too hot to have fun in the sun, and winter weather that is so cold you just want to stay inside wrapped up in a quilt. Of course, they also get to report sunny days, blue skies with puffy little white clouds, rain to make the crops grow, spectacular thunderstorms and tornadoes, and snow holidays. Being a weather forecaster here on Earth is really not a bad job. Weather forecasters report beach weather, ski weather, and travel weather too. Overall the weather here on Earth is really pretty good, especially compared to the weather on, say, Venus.
2 Being a weather forecaster on Venus would be a totally different matter. Being a weather forecaster on Venus might just be the worst job of them all. Just for starters, a day on Venus lasts as long as 117 days on Earth. How would you like to prepare the weather report for one of those days? Just take a look at some of the weather conditions you would have to report.
3 Sunshine -- None. Even though Venus is a hot planet, it never, ever, gets a nice sunny day. Its dense atmosphere filters out most of the sun, letting only very weak sunlight through.
4 Sunrise / Sunset -- On Venus the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, but not very often. Remember, one Venusian day is the same length as 117 Earth days.
5 Storms -- Thunder and lightning are an everyday thing in Venus' atmosphere, but on the surface Venus is a dry planet with no rain or snow.
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