Global Warming: Climate Change vs Weather

A few words associated with global warming are weather and climate change. Often, they are defined incorrectly and used interchangeably. Though climate change and weather are associated with each other in certain ways, they are two different systems at work on the planet. Weather is the term we are most familiar with, describing the condition of outdoors at the present time and up to several weeks in advance. Climate change is the system that generates the intensity of the hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes and our ever-changing seasons. 

According to NASA, weather and climate can be easily differentiated by a measure in time. Weather is known as the condition of the atmosphere that can be measured over a short period of time, such as our forecasts that predict the rain and clouds. An example of weather can be the seasons we experience. The changes in the atmosphere after several months from fall to winter is one example of how the weather can go from dry and cool to wet and freezing over a short period; more importantly, a measurable period of time.

Climate can be described as the long-term patters of weather in particular areas around Earth. NASA scientists look at averages of precipitation, temperature, humidity and so much more. These averages tell the scientist about the climate and when the averages begin to rise and fall under certain categories, our scientists start to get worried. There was an editorial in Science about the impacts of climate change. The editorial discusses subjects like our breathing oxygen and how it could be among the list of things affected by climate change. Climate change has a larger, more global responsibility while the weather is what we experience on land and sea.

Will raising awareness of the differences between climate and weather help change the world? Hopefully. We have to start somewhere small, and weather is relatable to humans. Maybe if people become aware of the difference between the two, they might start opening their eyes to the larger picture at hand.

Keep reading on as the global warming exploration continues. 


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