Climate and Weather: Let me put it simply

If you ever plan to irritate me, bring up this subject. For too long I’ve had people coming to me saying ‘look at the weather, what ever happened to climate change?’ People seem to think climate change is a load of tosh because of the weather on a specific day. What are you on about you crazy people?

The fact is we all know the difference. I sat down to watch the news this morning and it finally struck me as to how we all know the difference. A term used repeatedly over the last few years…economic climate. There it is. The economic climate isn’t what’s happening right now, its what has been happening over the last few years and what will continue into the next few. So why oh why do we get so confused over climate change? Perhaps one of you could tell me.

So here it is, pure and simple.

Climate – A long term trend of weather averaged over a statistically signifacnt period of time

Weather – Look out of your window. That’s the weather!

This video, whilst highly amusing, also does a great job at putting the point across.

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