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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5 Reasons Why We Should Be Concerned With Pollution

Why we, as a society, should be concerned with pollution that impacts global warming.
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Today many people aren't aware what is happening because of climate change and pollution. Climate change affects so many things like health, the environment we reside in and the habitats of animals. Pollution not only hurts us currently, but it will even hurt us more physically and emotionally in the future. We need to put a stop to it now before it's too late.

1. It hurts animals and humans by causing medical conditions.

Pollution causes so many medical conditions in children, adults and animals. With pollution comes heat or too much rain, sometimes acid rain. This can cause people to develop asthma or even allergies. People in Beijing, China, can't breath or sometimes even see because the pollution is so heavy.

2. It causes changes to our environment.

By adding new factories or buildings, it causes more dirt in the air that contributes to pollution. Have you heard about the green algae that scientists are discovering on icebergs? That is from climate change caused by pollution we are creating.

3. Some animals are being born with defects.

Because of pollution, animals are born with defects. At a science center I've visited multiple times, they have a turtle that was born with two heads. The turtle was found in a body of water with filth, which most likely caused it to have two heads.

4. Summer is significantly warmer than ever before and the Arctic is melting.

So far, this summer has been extremely hot and humid, which causes health problems. Also, the Arctic is melting which is dangerous to animals such as the polar bear and penguins because they're losing their habitats.

5. We are messing up our future and our families' futures.

In the past 100 years, the global average temperature has risen by about 0.74 degrees Celsius (34 Fahrenheit). If we don't change our actions now, our and our families' futures will be a mess. Several types of animals will be extinct, there will be less natural resources for humans to use and our ozone level might not even exist in 10-15 years from now. Our children's children may not even see a future.

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Dear Mother Nature, We're Cold And Ready For Spring!

Where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?

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It begins to set at the same time of year, around the end of February, the overall frustration with the post-January, pre-spring winter blues. Mornings are dark and cold, nighttime starts at 4 p.m., and the motivation to do anything is just nonexistent. Which brings up the question of where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?

Come December, the holiday season brings out the love of winter the strongest, everyone is merry, spending time with loved ones, ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, cuddling up to watch movies, and just overall taking advantage of the cold weather. However, the weeks following New Years is when the mood starts to change and happiness begins to plummet people seem to fall into a post-holiday funk and the cold weather sure as hell doesn't help. It seems like the month of January is centuries long, I don't know if it's because it has 31 days or if the cold weather somehow stretches out the month, but making it through January is an accomplishment in itself. January is basically Winter in its own, so when it ends, people are more than ready to shake off the snow and get into some warmer days.

Then, February second rolls around and people are eagerly scoping the news to watch a groundhog predict our fate as they anxiously hope for him to not see his shadow and an early spring arrives at last. At least that is what happened this year. It seems that year after year the groundhog sees his shadow, gets scared, sprints back into his hole and we are left with six more weeks of winter, but this year told a different tale. The groundhog saw his shadow and ultimately it was predicted for an early spring. This prediction alone has sparked warm weather anticipation epically. People went straight to online shopping for bathing suits and shorts, rather than sweaters and boots.

Now, it may just be Virginia's wishy-washy weather but I somehow believe mother nature is playing tricks on us. One day will be 65, the next will snow, the next will rain and be 42, and the next will be 75. I even think the early spring prediction made Valentine's day for singles a little more bearable, because the 15th, the day after Valentine's day, was sunny and in the 60s. So mother nature, when is the inconsistency going to stop?

I think I speak for most when I say that we are ready for some spring weather. Ready for no jackets, shorts, getting in your car without having to clear it off first, longer days, flowers in bloom, and baby animals running around. Not to mention actually enjoying walking places in the warm spring breeze, rather than speed walking bundled up in 5 layers with a wind-chill that chaps up your face. It's something about warm weather that just makes people nicer, and overall puts us in better moods. Even on my most stressful day, if I walk outside and its anywhere above 60 and sunny, I automatically feel at ease.

I am not asking to fast forward to summer I am just ready for some mood enhancing, sunny, spring weather to make its way on over and terminate the winter blues.

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