How could it happen that more than a dozen of the most prestigious scientific associations signed and submitted this letter on ‘climate change’ without having ensured that the used terminology is sufficiently defined. Read the rest of the entry
The UNFCCC does not define ‘climate’ at all, while
WMO says: 'climate' is average weather.
This website will provide information and ask, does science know what climate is?

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The Term Weather in: „Weather Glossaries”


This is a provisional list of „Weather Glossaries” to see what they have to say on the meaning of weather and climate. This list will be reviewed and amended in the future.

The reader should kindly note that Whatisclimate is primarily interested in the term ‘climate’. This makes it inevitable necessary to pay considerable attention to the term ‘weather’ as ‘climate’ used to be defined as the average weather over a longer period of time. As far as this is or might be the case today, which will be elaborated and analysed in various contributions on this site – it is necessary to know how weather is defined in the first place. For example: If climate is defined as: “The historical record and description of average daily and in seasonal weather”, see: The Weather Channel (below), it is necessary the examine the term ‘weather’ in detail, to see whether the subsequent term ‘climate’ makes sense, or is a farce, which explains little, but may cause confusion and misunderstanding.

‘Whatisclimate’ will present this list without any comments hoping that the interested reader will quickly discover the superficiality of the explanations in many cases, and may wonder that meteorology science seems of having not been able to develop more convincing definitions since its foundation ca 150 years ago.

Provider of Glossary



The weather channel[1]


Weather Glossary

The state of the atmosphere at a specific time and with respect to its effect on life and human activities. It is the short term variations of the atmosphere, as opposed to the long term, or climate, changes. It is often referred to in terms of brightness, cloudiness, humidity, temperature, visibility, and wind

The historical record and description of average daily and in seasonal weather events that help describe a region. Statistics are generally drawn over several decades. The word is derived from the Greek klima, meaning inclination, and reflects the importance early scholars attributed to the sun's influence.

North West Weathernet[2]

Glossary of Meteorological terms


BUT: Weather Synopsis- a description of weather patterns affecting a large area.


BUT: Climatology- the scientific study of climate.

Marine Meteorological Glossary[3]





The Weather Doctor[4]


Glossary Weather words

The state of the atmosphere and its short term variations as defined by various weather elements, most notably, temperature, wind, humidity, cloudiness, visibility and precipitation, and storminess.




Dep. of Atmospheric Sciences Texas A&M University[5]

Glossary of Meteorological Terms







NovaLynx Corporation, Weather Monitoring Instruments and Systems[6]

Glossary of Meteorological Terms

The state of the atmosphere, mainly with respect to its effects upon life and human activities. As distinguished from climate, weather consists of the short-term (minutes to months) variations of the atmosphere.




The Wongs@Home[7]

State of the atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness. Also, weather is the meteorological day-to-day variations of the atmosphere and their effects on life and human activity. It includes temperature, pressure, humidity, clouds, wind, precipitation and fog.

The prevalent or characteristic meteorological conditions, and their extremes, of any place or region.

NOAA[8], National Weather Service Glossary-


The state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc. Weather refers to these conditions at a given point in time (e.g., today's high temperature),

The composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years.


[1] The weather channel;

[2] North West Weathernet:

[3] Marine Meteorological Glossary :

[4] The Weather Doctor:

[5] Department of Atmospheric Sciences Texas A&M University,

[6] NovaLynx Corporation,\




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“Conditions for the protection of the global climate”,
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