Thursday, 5 February 2015

"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get."

Mark Twain was a skilled wordsmith. Before the science of Climatology was ever thought of, Twain once said:
"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get."
Dr Mark Twain in his gown (scarlet with grey sleeves and
facings) for his, awarded by Oxford University
Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain was fascinated with science and scientific inquiry. He developed a close and lasting friendship with Nikola Tesla, and the two spent much time together in Tesla's laboratory.

Twain patented three inventions, including an "Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments (to replace suspenders) and a history trivia game. 
Most commercially successful was a self-pasting scrapbook; a dried adhesive on the pages needed only to be moistened before use.

A very impressive man.

Why write of Mark Twain?

A recent conversation on FaceBook:

Broadbrain: Do you understand the difference between weather and Climate?

Me: As Mark Twain explained it: Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.

Broadbrain: Mark Twain was a climate scientist?
This shows the thinking process of an Alarmist. He asked about the meaning of words; I replied with a definition from a wordsmith.

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.”