What is Weather and Climate
A measure of the atmospheric conditions over an area at a point in time is described as the weather. The weather depends on the atmospheric variations in various parameters like temperature, pressure, wind speed, and direction, etc.
The weather is one of the most important aspects of all our lives, which determines everything from what we wear to what we do on any given day. The fact that we are a pawn to the weather is something that can’t be stressed enough.
The weather is different from place to place, from time to time, and the weather isn’t even constant from one road to the next, even if the earth has only one atmosphere. The weather is thus a phenomenon that changes daily at the very least.
Climate refers to weather of an area over a long time frame and varies from one location to another and is inclusive of temperature, seasons, humidity, sunshine, wind, and other weather events considered for a minimum of 30 years.
Climate studies help in mapping out weather trends, cycles, variations, changes in patterns, and long term effects of the weather but are not able to determine the weather on a particular day. Climate change or global warming is used to refer to the rise in the average surface temperature of the earth’s surface.
It is caused due to excessive use of fossil fuels leading to greenhouse gases trapping and retaining heat in the atmosphere. It affects all ecosystems and causes a rise in sea levels, severe weather, droughts, wildfires, and many more disasters.
How Extreme Weather Making the Planet Smaller
Global warming is an extremely serious issue that can potentially destroy our way of life and the planet as we know it. If left unchecked, climate change is sure to trigger disaster, and humanity won’t be left to collect the pieces.
There are many critics who believe climate change isn’t real and that the rise in the earth’s temperature is insignificant and natural. To put things into comparison, the last time the earth’s temperature increased massively due to a meteor strike, it resulted in mass extinction.
That was natural, so the dangers definitely increase with induced temperature rises. Even if global warming was natural, it doesn’t mean that human beings should continue to ignore it and do nothing to curtail certain doom. Both winters and summers are getting hotter, reminding us the earth is heating up.
Simple things we do will help us overcome global warming in the long run like changing to LED or fluorescent lights, opt for public transport, walking, or if you’re willing, you can also invest in electric vehicles as they are more efficient than gasoline vehicles.
Climate change can cause crop failures, food shortages, heat waves leading to the mass migration of populace from the tropics and desert regions to the temperate zones of the globe leading to disruption in the economy, borders, human law rights, etc.
One of the most devastating aspects of climate change is definitely the catastrophic rise in Ocean water levels as it leads to thousands of people being displaced and trillions of dollars of infrastructure damage. Though the science and reasoning behind climate change are real and very serious, recent human activities and behavior prove that humans would rather die than work to save and preserve the planet which has given us so everything we need, want and much more.
The fossil fuel industry, which is worth trillions, has spent a major chunk in misleading people to believe that climate change isn't worrisome and that gasoline is the ultimate material. That may be true, gasoline and petroleum may have uses, applications, and benefits like no other, but they also have ill and adverse effects like no other as well.
Climate change is an extremely serious issue that will definitely lead to tragedy in the near future, like:
Some Ways this Extreme Weather Shrinks the Planet
We know that barely a quarter of the planet is composed of land, out of which only a small portion is fit for habitation by human beings. Due to climate change and extreme weather, this habitable area keeps reducing, effectively shrinking the planet by rendering large portions to be barren and ineffective.
Thus as climate change leads to an increase in extreme temperatures, the planet is becoming worse for living day by day, and we're doing nothing to stop it. We need to start making drastic changes in our lifestyles and have to think beyond ourselves and decide if we want to leave a world that is habitable for future generations.
About the Author
I am Tim, a weather enthusiast who loves to watch hurricanes and all other harsh weather conditions. I studied B.Sc(Meteorology) at the University of Miami. With excellent knowledge of Weather Forecasting, Meteorology, and Environmental Science, I am currently working in San Francisco as a Meteorologist. Also, I am a member of The Weather Channel and AccuWeather. In this blog, I will write a detailed review of Weather instruments that you need for survival and other activities.