basically the way the atmosphere is behaving, mainly with respect to its
effects upon life and human activities. The difference between weather and
climate is that weather consists of the short-term (minutes to months)
changes in the atmosphere. Most people think of weather in terms of
temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility,
wind, and atmospheric pressure, as in high and low pressure.
In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour,
day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of
weather over time and space. An easy way to remember the difference is
that climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is
what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms.
Things That Make Up Our Weather
There are really a lot of components to weather. Weather includes
sunshine, rain, cloud cover, winds, hail, snow, sleet, freezing rain,
flooding, blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, steady rains from a cold
front or warm front, excessive heat, heat waves and more.
the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather
is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and
climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long
periods of time.
When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term
averages of daily weather. Today, children always hear stories from their
parents and grandparents about how snow was always piled up to their
waists as they trudged off to school. Children today in most areas of the
country haven't experienced those kinds of dreadful snow-packed winters,
except for the Northeastern U.S. in January 2005. The change in recent
winter snows indicate that the climate has changed since their parents
If summers seem hotter lately, then the recent climate may have changed.
In various parts of the world, some people have even noticed that
springtime comes earlier now than it did 30 years ago. An earlier
springtime is indicative of a possible change in the climate.
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