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Climate vs. Weather
Climate and weather are concepts that relate to each other but are not exactly the same thing. Weather refers to the current atmospheric conditions and behaviors. The temperature, humidity, cloud cover, or precipitation in a certain location at a certain time determines the weather there. Climate, on the other hand, describes the overall weather patterns in a particular area. While weather characterizes short-term atmospheric conditions, climate has to do with the long-term.
It is important to understand the difference between climate and weather as the Earth gradually changes due to global warming. If the average rainfall in a particular area is below average one year, that only indicates that the weather is currently not normal for its climate. However, if the rainfall remains under the average for many years, then that constitutes a change in the overall climate. It is important to monitor the climate because as it continues to change it will alter the experience of humans everywhere.

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