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Weather vs. climate

October 7, 2007

We’ve had a whole bunch of days recently that reached the low 90’s f temperature. I know better than to confuse weather with climate but dammit, it’s freakin’ OCTOBER already!!!  Normally this time of year it should only be getting up into the mid-70’s f in the afternoons.

We’re bumping the record set back in 1939, but back then you couldn’t navigate a cruise ship through the arctic.  That’s climate, as the ice cap acts like a statistical aggregator.  One way to think of it is that climate is like a container in which weather bounces around.  Move the container upward or downward, weather moves within it.