Lesson 4 - RW, Culture - ECOLOGY - Page2
Interview with Tom M. L. Wigley
|When you talk to people, do you sometimes point out the difference between weather and climate? Could you start with that as a basic distinction?
It's an interesting distinction, really, because climate models are basically weather models that concentrate on different time scales. The standard difference between weather and climate is that climate is, in simple terms, the average weather. So climate is what we can expect to happen for a particular season or a particular year, but it's not going to tell us what's going to happen day by day. It's interesting that sometimes people confuse them. They think that a climate forecast is going to tell us what's going to happen in the year 1999 on January 3, or something like that. But, of course, we can't. We can only tell people what the average expectation is going to be. And even there, there's a lot of uncertainty.
4. The difference between weather and climate is connected with
different periods of time. Dobrze
different temperature scales. Źle
different graphic models. Źle
5. A climate forecast
gives us details about the weather in particular months. Źle
gives us details about the weather on particular days. Źle
shows us what is generally expected. Dobrze