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Q: What is the difference between climate and weather?

A: Weather represents the change in cloud cover, temperature, rainfall, wind speed, etc. over a small amount of time. Generally, a weather event occurs within a few days. You would say, "Gee, the weather is nice today!"Climate however, is comprised of the changes in overall temperature, wind patterns, and average rainfall over a region, or over the globe. It changes over a matter of decades, not days. For example, "Seattle has a temperate climate."While it might rain a lot one year, and rain very little the next, the overall climate does not change.

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