How are Weather and Climate Different- A Broad Overview on the Change – Junan Ghk

How are Weather and Climate Different- A Broad Overview on the Change


Although the two words, climate and weather are used synonymously, but in reality they are only dependent on each other but quite different in their functioning. To understand the basic difference between the two it is first important to get an understanding of what the two concepts mean individually. While it is easy to get an explanation of these from the teachers and professors yet the most ideal kind of people who will be able to provide the most satisfactory explanation regarding these, are those who deal with these things, such as Mr. Jim Byrne KCOY Weatherman.

Because Jim Byrne KCOY Weatherman is a meteorological consultant for the Weather Channel and former chief meteorologist at KCOY CBS-12, he has in-depth knowledge of what each entity is exactly.  He is also known as the “Weather Guy” and hosts the show named “So you think you’d survive?” at the Weather Channel. He has also worked as a freelancer at NBC Bay area as a weekend meteorologist.

Going by its definition Weather is the present status of temperature, pressure, rainfall, and relative humidity of a place; it is basically it is the assessment of the atmospheric conditions over a certain geographical location. On the other hand, Climate refers to the average weather of a place over a specific period of time. These conditions are properly established and well known at that particular place. This most generally exhibits repeated patterns of stability or change, and this is recorded over an annual period or more.

The way in which the atmosphere behaves in relation to the effects it has on the lives and activities of the living things of that area is weather. Temperature, humidity, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation are the common terms related to weather. The weather of a place can change at any moment that could be from minute to minute, hour to hour, or even season to season.

Climate however, is the average of all of the above things over a period of time. The simplest way to understand the difference between the two concepts is, what you expect (say a nice and warm summer) is climate but what you get is weather (say a hot day with sudden bursts of thunderstorms).

Weather is made up of a lot of components which include, rain, sunshine, flooding, freezing rain, snow, sleet, hail, ice storms, blizzards, thunderstorms, excessive or heat waves and rains that have been steadily occurring due to a cold front or a warm front. People are often made aware of these natural occurrences that are about to hit a place, much before they actually occur, so that preventive measures can be taken and the hazardous effects minimized.

The averages of temperature, precipitation and all of those components that the weather comprises, is  what the scientists study in order to understand the climate of a place. Studying the climate is of grave importance, because it influences the lives of all living beings not just in that place but all across the globe. The prediction of the modern climate has thus begun since the 1700 by Thomas Jefferson and carries on till date.

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