That fuzzy bright thing is a growing dust devil caught by the HiRISE camera orbiting Mars! Image credit: HiRISE/ASU.

That fuzzy bright thing is a growing dust devil caught by the HiRISE camera orbiting Mars! Image credit: HiRISE/ASU.

Good morning, Earthlings!

Something that is quite unique to this planet of yours is the weather! You have different types of storms related by temperature changes, seasons, and landscapes. Now, other planetary bodies with Earth does have something in common- winds!

Even with barely an atmosphere, it is still possible to have some form of gust! How? An energy source is needed to drive these winds! Winds are solar powered in that warmer air rises and interacts with the cooler air (just like Earth!) 

So here's a list of planets and their windy forecasts!

1-Venus: these winds are very odd. Polar and equatorial winds move separately and move powerfully, moving in just a matter of days for once around the planet! Winds can go up to 233 mph! 

2-Mars: there are two classes of winds for Mars: local and global. Global dust storms are extreme temperature changes that lifts particles and completely engulfs the entire planet for months at a time. Local dust storms we have evidence for with dune migration and dust devils. But no worries, winds top out around 60-70 mph. 

3-Jupiter's Red Spot: The strongest hurricanes on Earth can max out at nearly 200 mph. Jupiter's Great Red Spot ranges at 270 mph inward to 425 mph!!!

4-Titan: the climate on Titan is very similar to that of Earth. Winds are more powerful at higher altitudes, reaching to nearly 270 mph at over 70 miles above the surface, then decreases wind speed near surface. We do see wind-formed features, such as dunes!

5-Neptune: THE STRONGEST WINDS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AS HIGH AS 1,300 MPH! Need I say more?

Neptune's "Great Dark Spot"- a large storm! Image credit: NASA Hubble

Neptune's "Great Dark Spot"- a large storm! Image credit: NASA Hubble

Thank you for reading! Next week- ticks on Venus?