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Weather and Climate

Climate vs. Weather: NASA's Explanation

A short summary:  The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time.

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NOAA's Primer: Comparing Climate and Weather


The short-term state of the atmosphere—in the past, present, or future—is weather.

Climate is a description of the long-term pattern of weather conditions at a location.

Climate Data