Breakdown: How weather and climate differ

Breakdown: How weather and climate differ

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - You may hear the terms, "weather" and "climate" a lot in the media and in everyday life, but do you know the difference between the two terms?

While both the terms deal with the weather, they are NOT the same, and the difference has to do with time.

Weather is the day-to-day, short term state of our atmosphere and the conditions that are taking place. This means weather is like a picture of what is happening at this moment in time. Weather is a combination of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloud cover, visibility, winds and more.

On the other hand, climate is the average weather conditions at a location over the course of decades. The average temperature comes to mind or average rainfall, it is a look at what weather played out over the course of time.

You can think of sports as a way to remember the difference between weather and climate. The entire football season, including playoffs and the big game is like climate, it draws out over time. While weather is that one big play, during the game that is happening at that time.

Studying climate data is important, as it will affect people around the world, such as finding more about climate change and how it will impact our futures.

Time is of the essence when it comes to the difference between weather, or what is happening now, and climate, or what has happened over time.

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