Climate & Weather: what's the difference?
There is a variety of ways to explain the difference.
Here are a few that may shed some light:
Climate is what you expect; Weather is what you get.
Climate is about long-term records, trends and averages; Weather is the day to day experience.
Climate is the sum or synthesis of all the weather recorded over a long period of time. It tells us the average or most common conditions, or extremes, or counts of events, or frequencies. Weather is a description of conditions over a short period of time - a "snap shot" of the atmosphere at a particular time.
If weather is the watch then climate is the calendar.
Climate Education Links to the Bureau of Meteorology Australia website
Climate of the 20th Century: Major Australian climate events of the 20th Century.
Climate of Australia: Climate zones, averages, variability and maps.
Climate Change: Long-term climate trends in Australia.
Climate and People: How climate influences the urban environment, health and sport.
Monitoring and Prediction: Indicators of El Niņo, current climate analyses, drought monitoring, seasonal climate prediction.
Students and Teachers: Units of work, experiments school projects, brochures, web pages etc.
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