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- This contains very basic information. It could be a good introduction for middle school students or a good refresher for 9th graders who need clarification on the definitions of weather and climate.
About the Science
- While weather and climate are connected, they are driven by different processes and are studied using different strategies.
- Climate is the average weather conditions over a long period of time. There are six major climate zones across the globe. Climate is a factor that helps people determine where to live.
- Weather is the day-to-day conditions of the conditions of Earth's atmosphere. Severe weather events cause billions of dollars in damages to infrastructure. Weather forecasts allow humans to prepare for severe weather events.
- Meteorologists and scientists use advanced tools to research the atmosphere. These tools include computer models, radar, and satellites.
- Comments from expert scientist: Clear articulation of the difference between climate and weather.
- The point is well made that Earth has different climate zones but within each zone the conditions are highly variable.
About the Pedagogy
- This is a good video to show when teaching about the differences between weather and climate.
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