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Deep, Moist Heat Drives Jovian Weather

Science  11 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5455, pp. 946-947
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5455.946b

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Meteorologists have long wondered whether solar energy or heat energy from within the planet predominates in driving Jupiter's powerful weather engine. In two papers in this week's issue of Nature, researchers provide an answer: Deep heat funneled upward by local storms is a major driver of jovian weather. They show that much if not all of the deep heat escaping the interior flows up through towering thunderstorms that eventually give up their energy to larger storms such as the Great Red Spot.

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