Climate Science

Climate vs. Weather

The difference between climate and weather is that whereas weather (left photo) describes an event occurring at a particular time and place - a storm moving in over a city for example - climate (right photo) describes the typical weather that a location experiences based on study of weather conditions over long periods of time. An often heard expression is that 'climate is what you expect, and weather is what you get'. (

To better understand the difference between climate and weather, watch this video by National Geographic that features Neil Degrasse Tyson.