What is the difference between weather and climate? Is there a difference? Does it matter?
Even though they are often used interchangeably in daily conversation and certain politicians may not understand or appreciate the difference, there is indeed a distinct difference between weather and climate, and yes, it matters.
I know this blog has been heavy on the environmental health science content lately. I’m just feeling inspired to share some knowledge while my MPH in Environmental Health Science is still fresh and before I start back focusing primarily on nutrition. As always, I welcome questions, post topic requests, comments or concerns here on the blog, or
But that’s enough of me chatting. Let’s get to the point and define weather and climate. Then we’ll chat about the differences.
Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a particular time and place. Temperature, pressure, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, air pressure, and visibility are all components of weather.
Weather is a mixture of events that happen each day in the atmosphere, and is different in different parts of the world. Weather changes over minutes, hours, days, and weeks.
Climate describes “average” weather over sufficiently long intervals of time. It describes not only averages of various weather components, like temperature and precipitation, but also describes the frequency of extreme events.
Different regions have different climates. To describe a climate of a location, a scientist may look at trends or averages over decades.…