January 8, 1998 transcript #: 215-4
Subject(s): climate, weather
Title: CLIMATE VS. WEATHER
People talk about the weather all the time, at least where I come from. But they dont seem to talk about climate. Hi, Im meteorologist Dave Thurlow and this is The Weather Notebook. Perhaps with me more than others, because Im a weatherman of sorts, people love to bring up the weather, even though the climate is getting all the headlines. And I honestly cant remember a day when I didnt hear something like, Whats with all the rainy weather or Boy, the weather has been just great or Crazy weather were having. But why dont they ask about the climate? What if those same folks made comments like Crazy climate were havin, or Looks like some fine climate today, or even Hey Dave, whats the climate doin this weekend? It sure would sound pretty strange. I bring this up to illustrate the difference between climate and weather. Now we have climate and weather every day, but weather changes very quickly from minute to minute, day to day, so it grabs more attention, and creates more conversation. But climate changes slowly, its just average weather. So whats going on outside in the atmosphere right now is weather. A summation of the weather each day, day after day, year after year, century after century is climate. So changes in climate are hard to notice, hard to prove, and much harder than the quick changing weather, to talk about around town. Hey Dave, is it gonna snow this weekend? If you want to find the real forecast for weather or climate for anywhere in the world, check out the weather links at home page www.mountwashington.org. Our show is funded by Subaru, the beauty of all wheel drive and by the National Science Foundation.