Sea Talk Video - Climate vs. Weather

Have you ever wondered about the difference between weather and climate? It’s all about time.
 
Look outside – is it rainy or sunny? You are describing the weather, or the way the atmosphere behaves over a short period of time, from minutes to days. 
Publication Date:
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Episode Script

This is SeaTalk: Ocean News from the University of Delaware.

Have you ever wondered about the difference between weather and climate? It’s all about time.

Look outside – is it rainy or sunny? You are describing the weather, or the way the atmosphere behaves over a short period of time, from minutes to days. Weather can be described in terms such as temperature, humidity, precipitation, and atmospheric pressure. Climate, on the other hand, is how the atmosphere behaves over relatively long periods of time. Think of climate as the average of weather over time.

An easy way to remember the difference is that climate is what you might expect over a season, like a very cold and snowy winter, while weather is what happens daily, like a windy day with a passing rain shower.

This is SeaTalk, a public service announcement from the University of Delaware, the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and this station.

Sea Talk Video - Weather vs. Climate

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