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'. (http://ec.gc.ca/sc-cs/default.asp?lang=En&n=863DE3DE-1)

To better understand the difference between climate and weather, watch this video by National Geographic that features Neil Degrasse Tyson.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBdxDFpDp_k