FAQs & Mythbusters

 
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What is the difference between weather and climate?

Weather reflects short-term conditions of the atmosphere while climate is the average daily weather for an extended period of time at a certain location. - NOAA

Really cold days in the winter must mean that the earth isn’t actually warming…

Data to day weather is variable, climate represents the statistcs of weather over time. A warming climate will have many more warm days, but can still have cold and even extreme cold- a warming climate means there will be less of those cold periods over all.

Myth: The ozone hole is a main cause of global warming.

Fact: The ozone is a layer in the stratosphere that protects Earth from the sun’s harmful radiation. The hole was created by chemicals released by humans, and is not directly related to climate change.

The National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has compiled responses to the top myths about lightning and safety.