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Fraser
2005-Feb-25, 05:07 PM
SUMMARY: Cassini discovered a large, bright and complex storm in Saturn's southern hemisphere in September 2004 which scientists dubbed the "Dragon Storm" because of its unusual shape. The Dragon Storm appears to be a long-lived storm which periodically flares up to produce dramatic white plumes which then subside. Cassini has also detected strong radio bursts coming from the storm; these are generated by intense lightning storms.

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damienpaul
2005-Feb-25, 11:14 PM
so thats where the dragon's are hiding!!!

antoniseb
2005-Feb-25, 11:40 PM
Originally posted by damienpaul@Feb 25 2005, 11:14 PM
so thats where the dragon's are hiding!!!
Right, the ammonia breathing Texas-sized ice dragons.

StarLab
2005-Feb-26, 12:26 AM
If you look at the supposed upper half of the dragon, you may see something that looks a bit like a two-armed hurricane...

Guest
2005-Feb-28, 01:35 PM
This looks like an SOS message to me. There is life (but not as we want it)

damienpaul
2005-Feb-28, 07:49 PM
so thats where the two armed hurricanes are hiding??

Methodic Evolution
2005-Jul-20, 07:26 AM
Interesting posts . . .
Anyway, I am most interested in the potential for this storm to be part of some complex lifecycle. Hurricanes here on earth are surprisingly complex. They are self-organizing systems, starting as a simple collection of convective currents and going through a series of feedback processes that organize it into the recognizable form many are fameliar with which further facilitates the feedback reaction. Itís a surprisingly complex process, and very resilient. Storms here on earth donít have time and energy to evolve, but it seems possible that in such an ancient environment, some sort of current structure could evolve a self-sustaining system of processes. . . It seems possible that this is some sort of reproductive structure, or at least a mature storm whoís ďarmsĒ are reproductive structures of some sort. Maybe it harvests deep atmospheric energy and distributes it throughout storm alley in the form of those little offspring storms. Maybe those grow and combine and grow and combine and undergo some sort of transformation into a transient entity like the dragon storm, cycling out of the deep atmosphere occasionally to feed itís babies. Just a thought, one Iím sure others have had. Any other thoughts? Iíd love to talk about this sort of thing but then Iím not even sure where I am posting this! never been to this site.

Duane
2005-Jul-20, 06:21 PM
Maybe it harvests deep atmospheric energy and distributes it throughout storm alley in the form of those little offspring storms. Maybe those grow and combine and grow and combine and undergo some sort of transformation into a transient entity like the dragon storm, cycling out of the deep atmosphere occasionally to feed itís babies. Just a thought, one Iím sure others have had. Any other thoughts? Iíd love to talk about this sort of thing but then Iím not even sure where I am posting this! never been to this site.

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You are certainly right about the hurricanes here on Earth, and our limited knowledge of such storms on other planets and modelling done here on Earth to try and duplicate those storms seems to suggest the process which forms them is very similar.

One difference is that the storms on the gas giants are able to persist for a much longer period as there is no "surface" to cut off the source of the heating leading to the formation of the great beasties. On Earth, once they move off the water they are cut off from the source of their energy.

Pretty interesting stuff!