Climate Definition

by Laurent Cousineau
(Montreal)

Climate refers to the average weather of an area over a period ranging from a few months to thousands or even millions of years.

The World Meteorological Organization defines the climate as the average weather over a period of 30 years.

Often, scientists will use 30 years as a standard when discussing climate.

Furthermore, climate includes temperature, precipitation and wind.

Climate Change

Due to an increase in greenhouse gases, the global average temperature will rise.

In turn, this will cause climate change.

Although similar, climate is different from weather, a subset of climate.

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