"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get."
|Dr Mark Twain in his gown (scarlet with grey sleeves and |
facings) for his D.Litt.degree, awarded by Oxford University
Why write of Mark Twain?
He wanted a definition from a climate scientist. Really, Broadbrain? Isn't the definition from a wordsmith good enough for you?
Well, here, from a distinguished Scientist:
Climate is the long term average of the weather, and it shapes our lives.
We all live with the weather every day.Thus we understand intuitively what weather is, and that it is above all changeable. Climate is simply the annually recurring patterns of weather, averaged over the longer term.It's a little longer, but, basically, it says the same as Mark Twain's
"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get."So, a note to myself via another of Mark Twain's quotes:
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”