Weather And Climate Are Not The Same

Weather And Climate Are Not The Same

Clarification between weather and climate can support awareness for climate change

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The difference between weather and climate is the measurement of time we associate with them; weather is related to short-term changes in the atmosphere while climate is the average weather over a long period of time. You could also think of the difference between the two as, "weather is your mood, climate is your personality."

Weather is the balancing of the atmosphere. We associate weather with sunshine, rain, cloud cover, winds, hail, snow, sleet, freezing rain, flooding, blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, steady rains from a cold front or warm front, excessive heat, heat waves and more.

Then climate is the way of describing weather patterns over a long period of time. Climate is a way for scientists to visualize the average weather over periods of ten or fifty years. Studying climate is important because it affects many people around the world. Many types of ecosystems could be altered permanently due to rising global temperatures which will affect plants, humans and other animals. "Rising global temperatures are expected to raise sea levels, and change precipitation and other local climate conditions. Changing regional climate could alter forests, crop yields, and water supplies."

Climate change does make the weather more severe, such as hurricanes, flooding, and droughts: the amount of water vapor that the atmosphere can hold increases with temperature. Just because colder months still happen, does not mean that global warming is not presently happening. Though just because there are a few more warm days in November does not completely prove there is global warming either.

This is not to say that climate change is not real because global warming is in fact happening. The planet has been experiencing more severe weather patterns and loss of ice at the poles due to an overall higher average temperature that is only increasing. Greenhouse gas emissions are trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere causing this detrimental rise in temperatures.

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12 Fun Things to Do During a Snow Day

Too cold for school/work? Not too cold for fun!
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The phone rings and word is out that school is canceled. It’s officially a snow day! But what to do on a snow day that isn’t boring? Here are 12 fun things to do on a snow day!

1. Have a spa day!

Break out the facemasks and nail polish, it’s time for an at-home spa treatment! Don’t forget to relax in a nice hot bubble bath and some fuzzy socks to unwind after a long day of shoveling.

2. Binge watch shows/movies

Let’s put the Netflix vs. Hulu debate aside and curl up in a nice warm blanket and watch some wintery movies.

3. Bake yummy treats

Brownies, cookies, cakes, and more! The weather outside is frightful, but baked goods are delightful.

4. Listen to music

Spotify or Pandora has so many playlists for snowy days that are totally worth a listen. Whether it be holiday songs or just some relaxing tunes, the low temperatures will soon feel a bit more bearable.

5. Cuddle

No cuddle buddy? No problem! Get yourself a teddy bear or a furry friend and get ready to celebrate the snuggle weather in front of the fireplace.

6. Go sledding

Sledding is not just for kids, Y'all! Find the nearest snow-covered hill, grab some sleds (or improvise with garbage can lids), and have some fun!

7. Drink a warm beverage

Hot chocolate, tea, or coffee is sure to warm you up after a day of playing in the cold snow.

8. Read a book or write

Productivity doesn’t have to be all bad, you know. Maybe getting some free reading or creative writing will help pass some time while it’s too cold to go out, if you don’t have writer’s block that is!

9. Get Crafty!

Pinterest has plenty of options for some fun wintery crafts that are cost-free and made of items you can find around the house.

10. Play in the snow

Again, snowflake fun isn’t just for kids! Build a snowman or fort, practice making snow angels, or get ready to dodge some snowballs.

11. Not homework!

I mean, I guess it can be useful to get stuff done, but whoever said homework is fun? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

12. Play board games

Monopoly, Clue, Life, Candyland, or Trouble are just a few board games to eliminate boredom.

While the snowflakes are accumulating outside, there is fun to be had both indoors and out! Whether you like the freezing temperatures or not, there’s always fun to be had. Now go and enjoy the day off!

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Cold Weather Means Binge-Watching Everything

It's that time of the year: hot chocolate, movies, and cuddles!

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Winter break is basically here and with all the free time, what better way to spend it than binge-watching every single movie and show possible. Here are some suggestions you might love!

1. "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

If you were as obsessed with "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" as I was as a child than this show will restart your obsession. It is a darker version of the original, but just as intriguing.

2. "Orange is the New Black"

If you haven't hopped on the "Orange is the New Black" train, isn't too late! The show will keep you on your toes so much that I think I even might have binged watched a little too quick!

3. "Disenchantment"

The perfect show to start of your break. Your brain is dead from finals week and this cartoon is precisely what you need: a little laughter and no thinking.

4. "Set it Up"

This may not be a television show, but the movie is yet another good, funny romance. Two interns struggling to gain time for themselves and their real lives end up wrapped up in their bosses love lives and eventually, their own.

5. "To All the Boys I've loved Before"

Yet another movie, but definitely a must see. When it first came out, ALL of my friends were watching it, so if you haven't seen it yet, I won't spill any details. Just try it out.

6. "The Kissing Booth"

The last movie, I promise, but this one is a little iffy for some. It is the utter definition of a classic romance movie. If all you need is a happy ending and a perfectly predictable movie... well, here you go.

7. "Big Mouth" 

Yet another no-brainer! "Big Mouth" is also a cartoon with laughter and it doesn't require much brain power. If you pay attention to the details, you'll realize it is much wittier and clever than you ever realized.

8. "Stranger Things" 

Three words: dangerous, creepy and thrilling. "Stranger Things" didn't catch my eye until someone forced me to sit down and watch it. If you get hooked, season 2 has even more twists and turns than the first season! Better yet, season 3 should be right around the corner and releasing with the new year so perfect timing for a binge-watching.

9. "13 Reasons Why"

Tragic and emotional is all I have to say. The mysterious, tragic love story for anyone and everyone.

10.  "Black Mirror" 

The random, strange stories told through this show have caught the world's attention, but there are endless episodes, so start from the beginning and work your way through in order. Each episode acts as its own, completely irrelevant to the previous episodes. No need to watch them in order!

11.  "Ozark" 

This one reminds me of "Breaking Bad!" If anyone loved that show, this might be for you. A money laundering father leads his family on a runaway after a deal goes wrong.

12.  "Safe"

A mysterious story with the main character, played by one of my favorites, Michael Hall, aka "Dexter". The story entails a missing daughter, a lost father, and a tragic secret from many years before. Better yet, it includes many other mysteries that I shouldn't tell you about. Do yourself a favor and go find out the answers to them!

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