Although weather and climate are closely related, they are not the same thing. The chief difference between weather and climate is time. Weather is defined as daily or short-term conditions like temperature, cloud cover, precipitation and wind affecting a certain area. Climate is defined as the weather conditions of an area averaged over a series of years, usually 30 years or more.
In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based Venn diagram to illustrate similarities and differences between weather and climate. The Venn diagram can also be used as a starting point to investigate the factors that influence weather and climate.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- describe the similarities and differences between weather and climate
- discuss some of the factors that influence weather and climate.
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The article Planet Earth and Beyond – Weather curates weather-related content on the Hub.
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