Here’s a look at the difference between climate and weather in New Mexico from Laura Paskus writing for New Mexico in Depth. Click through for all the graphics. Here’s an excerpt:
“Climate is what you expect,” says the meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “Weather is what you get.”
Climate represents general conditions in a particular region — 30 years is the standard time period experts use for talking about it. Weather happens on a day-to-day basis, and is the fluctuating state of the atmosphere characterized by temperature, precipitation, wind, clouds, and other elements, he says.
Think about it another way, he says: Climate trains the boxer, while weather throws the punches.