Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Weather & Climate

Weather and climate are sometimes used incorrectly in the non-meteorology world.

Think of weather as a current snapshot of conditions at a particular time and place. It is always changing and is comprised of elements such as...

  • air temperature
  • air pressure
  • humidity
  • clouds
  • precipitation
  • visibility
  • wind

    When you measure and observe these weather elements over an interval of time (i.e. years) you obtain the weather average or "climate" for a particular location.

    Climate also includes the extremes of weather (i.e. record highs, lows, rainfall, etc.)
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