Earth’s Climate Systems. What is the difference between weather and climate?. Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at any given place. Climate is the consistent, long-term behavior of weather over time. Climate Factors. H. Statistical Analysis of 30 years of data Insolation
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Statistical Analysis of 30 years of data
Uses temperature and precipitation which are easy to measure
Temperature and precipitation directly affect humans.
Corresponds with vegetation regions.
Only uses averages which does not take into account subtle changes from place to place.
Ignores wind, cloud cover, intensity of precipitation, and humidity.The Köppen System: Pros & Cons
Elev: 687 ft Lat: 44o 29'N Long: 88o 08'W
Figure 1: Average Temperatures and Precipitation 1971-2000. (NCDC Data)