What’s The Difference Between Climate & Weather?

Hurricane Harvey 2017. Image: NOAA, GOES-16 satellite

In This Article

  • What’s The Difference Between Climate And Weather?
  • Climate Is Weather Averaged Over Decades
  • Weather Tends To Be More Local Than Climate
  • Climate Is Relatively Unaffected By Short-Term Events
  • Climatology
  • What Is Global Climate?
  • What Is Climate Change?
  • Is Climate Change The Same As Global Warming?
  • References

What’s The Difference Between Climate And Weather?

Climate Is Weather Averaged Over Decades

Weather Tends To Be More Local Than Climate

Climate Is Relatively Unaffected By Short-Term Events

Climatology

Extreme weather: Death valley, California is the hottest and driest place in North America due to its lack of surface water and low relief. On July 10, 1913, the US Weather Bureau recorded a high temperature of 134 °F (56.7 °C) at Furnace Creek in Death Valley. This temperature stands as the highest ambient air temperature ever recorded at the surface of the Earth. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

What Is Global Climate?

What Is Climate Change?

Is Climate Change The Same As Global Warming?

References

  1. Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of consensus estimates on human-caused global warming.” John Cook; et al. (April 2016) Environmental Research Letters. 11 (4): 048002.
  2. “All About Arctic Climatology and Meteorology.” National Snow and Ice Data Center.
  3. American Geosciences Institute — FAQs
  4. Climate.” Encyclopædia Britannica.
  5. “What Is Climate Change?” NASA. May 14, 2014.
  6. Amazon forest response to CO2 fertilization dependent on plant phosphorus acquisition.” Katrin Fleischer, et al; Nature Geoscience. August 5, 2019.
  7. “Driller thriller: Antarctica’s tumultuous past revealed.” Douglas Fox. New Scientist. 7 April, 2009.
  8. Final closure of Panama and the onset of northern hemisphere glaciation.” G.Bartolia, M.Sarnthein, M.Weinelt, H.Erlenkeuser, D.Garbe-Schonberg, D.W.Lea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Volume 237, Issues 1–2, 30 August 2005, Pages 33–44.
  9. Evaluating the Performance of Past Climate Model Projections.” Zeke Hausfather, Henri F. Drake, Tristan Abbott, Gavin A. Schmidt. Geophysical Research Letters. Published: Dec 4, 2019.
  10. “Annex III: Glossary.” Planton, S. (2013). In Stocker, T.F. et al; Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press.
  11. “Copenhagen: The era of climate stability is coming to an end.” Fred Pearce. The Guardian. Nov 30, 2009.

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I work in marketing by day — and pen my thoughts on climate change by night.

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