Key Terms Climate Climatologist Latitude Weather
Climate is the long-term (usually at least 30 years) weather average for a particular area. Like weather, it is described by temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and other conditions. The climate of the Arctic, for example, could be described as cold with little precipitation; the summer climate in Florida is very humid; and the northeastern United States often has heavy winter snowstorms. Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a particular time and place.