Weather v1 - Weather vs. Climate The preceding sections...

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Weather vs. Climate The preceding sections have talked about weather and climate and what affects them. Weather is often confused with climate, so this section will explain the difference between them as well as what can produce changes in a planet's global climate. The figure below illustrates the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the ever-changing combination of winds, clouds, temperature, and pressure at a particular location and time. Climate is the long-term average of weather (usually 30 years or longer for Earth climate), which means it can change only on much longer time scales. The long- term averaging removes the chaotic wiggles making it possible to make long-term predictions of future climate. Weather predictions vs. climate predictions is analogous to not being able to predict if a particular coin toss will be heads or if it will be tails but you can easily predict the statistical results of a large number of coin tosses. Another analogy David Archer uses in his
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