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Weather and climate are terms which are often used incorrectly. The term weather refers to the condition of the atmosphere and what is happening around us at any particular time and place, like conditions of rain, wind, hail or even snow. Weather is the changing factor in any climate. Climate, however, is the average weather condition in an area over a specified period of time. Climate might indicate a change in the weather over several weeks, months or even years. It may also be used to reference changes in weather over the course of hundreds of years. Climate also has reference to geological locations, such as the climate of Hawaii. That climate is balmy and sunny, interspersed with periods of rain and stormy weather.
 

There are many tools of technology used to measure climate and forecast the weather. Study the following list of instruments and techniques. If you do not know what the instrument or technique does, visit HowStuffWorks to learn. Your assignment is to learn the function of each tool used in relationship to weather and climate, from Discovery.com.

Anemometer Barometer
Computer Model El Niño Data
Glacial ice Drill Study Radar Imagery
Satellite Data Satellite Observations
Thermometer Tree Ring Growth
 

Weather and climate are terms which are often used incorrectly. The term weather refers to what is currently happening in the atmosphere around us. The term climate, on the other hand, has reference to the average weather which is occurring.

Climate, therefore, refers to the weather over a long period of time. It may indicate a change over several weeks or months, or may instead be used to reference changes that happened over the course of hundreds of years.

 
Now that you are understand the above technologies and techniques, take a few minutes to indicate in the boxes below which is appropriate for weather and which for climate.
 

Try It!

Click the box in front of each technology or tool used to determine weather.

Highlight the box below to check your answers.

Anemometer, Barometer, Computer model, Radar Imagery, Satellite Observations, Thermometer


Click the box in front of each technology or tool used to determine climate.
Highlight the box below to check your answers.

Computer Model, El Nino Data, Glacial Ice Drill Study, Satellite Data, Tree Ring Growth

 
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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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