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Subject:  Hey Foolman: Re Jupiter's Red Spot Date:  1/10/2013  10:17 PM
Author:  TheBaronAndrew Number:  665692 of 876033

Remember awhile back when I was wondering how storms like Jupiter's Red Spot could last seemingly "forever", while storms on Earth peter out in a matter of days? You offered an explanation.

Well, The Weather Channel has a new series that premiered tonight called "Deadliest Space Weather". There were two episodes back to back tonight, and the second one was about the Red Spot and its whys and wherefores. Very interesting.

It's a humongous hurricane-like storm that's been going on for at least 350 years -- probably longer -- although now it's petering out and is expected to be nearly gone by the year 2040. Some reasons it's been going on so long are that there's no solid land mass anywhere on Jupiter's surface that the storm could pass over and in doing so, start to weaken; and also that it keeps swallowing up smaller storms in the vicinity which keeps it going.

If you're interested, they're airing the show again tonight at 11:30 pm Central time. At 11:00 they're airing the other episode which is about weather on Venus. Both episodes will also air again Sunday evening, at 7:00 and 10:00 pm, also Central time.

I found this show fascinating.
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