#FACT – Climate ≠ Weather ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Though many public figures use these terms interchangeably, their distinction is important. Weather describes short-term changes in the atmosphere like temperature, humidity, and precipitation whereas climate refers to the average pattern of weather in one place for over 30 years. @NASA states that “climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms.” Studying changes in climate can help describe alterations to ecosystems, crop yields, water availability, and predict the effect those changes will have on humans.
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