Daily Archives: July 7, 2012

The Problem with Our Weather

The problem with our perception of weather in general is that most people mistake it for climate. According to The Free Dictionary, weather is:

The state of the atmosphere at a given time and place, with respect to variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity, and barometric pressure.

According to dictionary.com, climate is:

the composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years.

Weather is what is happening locally today. Climate is what is happening over a much longer period of time and a much larger area. Weather is what we experience firsthand or read about on the nightly news secondhand as weather-related events of import.

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