Weather Vs. Climate

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One of the most frustrating misstatements surrounding climate change has to be a reference to the weather to prove or disprove the climate change case. We must be careful not to use a brisk day as sure proof that climate change is indeed a hoax. The climate change movement must also be careful not to elude that one specific weather event is a direct cause of climate change.

The primary difference between weather and climate is the measure in time. Weather is the way our atmosphere is behaving, typically measured in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure, as in high and low pressure. Climate is a study of long term patterns of weather. The most common topics for climatologist to study include averages of precipitation, temperature, humidity, sunshine, wind velocity, phenomena such as fog, frost, and hail storms, etc. Climate scientist typically study changes over a 30 year period.

 

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