What Is the Definition of Climate?

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Climate refers to the average weather for a specific area over a long period of time, and this should be viewed in contrast with current, immediate phenomena. Discover how climates can impact what kind of plants can grow in an area with help from a science teacher and field biologist in this free video on biology.

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Hi, I'm Brian with ericksontutoring.blogspot.com. Today we're going to discuss the definition of climate. So climate is sort of the average weather for an area over a long period of time. It's really important to understand that we're talking about large time scales here, like thirty years something like that, at least. And the contrast would be weather which is sort of a current immediate phenomenon. Climate deals with such measures as rainfall, temperature, humidity, all sorts of things like that that you might associate with weather but it's a more broad scale look at what you might expect for seasons and in years. You have general climates that impact what kind of plants can grow and all sorts of things. So there's a couple of major things that impact your climate, your latitude so how far north or south you are. That impacts sort of the intensity of light that you receive. The altitude, that's going to affect the temperature as well as several other things like how long your seasons last. You have the type of terrain, so depending like if there's a lot of hills or if it's really flat, those kind of things will impact climate. In addition whether or not there's any residual snow pack or ice, and also how close you are to the ocean and those sorts of things will all impact the climate that you have. So this has been a brief discussion and definition of climate.

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