“Climate is what you expect…Weather is what you get” — Kerry Jones

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.

Science Senator. It's called science.
Science Senator. It’s called science.

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