We go through this every year.
Every winter, conservatives try to present every really cold day and every snowfall as proof that climate change isn’t real.
Climate change doesn’t mean we’re no longer going to have seasons or that it isn’t going to get cold in winter. The fact that cold weather still occurs in winter doesn’t prove climate change wrong because there’s a difference between climate and weather.
The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.
When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather.
In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of weather over time and space.
Conservatives want us to believe they know better than all of the climatologists and other scientists whose research proves climate change is occurring, yet they can’t seem to grasp the basic, fundamental difference between weather and climate.
What a joke.