Influence of Weather & Climate on Daily Life

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Influence of Weather & Climate on Daily Life
Inclement weather affects daily activities, such as outdoor sporting events. (Thunder image by Dmytro Korniyenko from

Weather refers to short-term atmospheric events, while climate takes the long-term view of atmospheric activity. Climatologists study things such as precipitation and temperature over a 30-year or longer period. Weather affects daily activities and decisions, while climate influences seasonal planning.

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Weather Events Influence Daily Life

Weather phenomena, including hurricanes, thunderstorms, snow or floods, cause people to adjust their daily schedules. Thunderstorms cause picnics and outdoor sporting events to be delayed. Small-boat advisories result in cancelled fishing trips. During a hurricane watch, people take measures to protect homes, businesses and property. The threat of snowstorms cause businesses and schools to close.

Influence of Weather & Climate on Daily Life
Hurricane Katrina impacted many lives and businesses in New Orleans. (hurricane katrina image by jcpjr from

Climate Influence on Daily Activities

Climate describes atmospheric activity over a long time span. This kind of information helps farmers decide what to plant and when. It affects when and where people go on vacation. It may even influence the choice of building sites for roads, factories and homes.

Influence of Weather & Climate on Daily Life
Climate data predicts conditions favourable to rising flood waters. (flood. Stay or run? image by mdb from

Climate Change

Daily weather patterns determine climate. A one-year spike in daily temperatures does not necessarily signal a climate change. However, a change in daily temperature over several years could be construed as a climate change and cause changes in the daily behaviours of individuals. For instance, some people who believe burning fossil fuels causes global warming have changed their daily activities to use less fuel.

Changes in daily weather over time demonstrate climate change.
Changes in daily weather over time demonstrate climate change. (climate change image by Sirena Designs from

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