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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 22 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City


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What Is the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

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  • This video distinguishes between weather and climate, discusses extreme weather, and talks about why some people get confused about the difference between climate and weather.
Teaching Tips


  • Very clear explanation of the difference between weather and climate.
  • Engaging visuals accompany this video.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of weather and climate.


  • Teachers could use this video after a class on weather and climate.
  • After this video, students could be given a class activity to write out the differences between weather and climate. 
  • Teachers could use this video to provide evidence of the impact of climate change on humans. 
  • Click here for another video explaining the difference between weather and climate.
  • Click here for a class activity for elementary schoolers on climate and weather.
  • Click here for an activity on the differences between climate and weather for 6th-12th graders.
Scientist Notes
The resource introduces the concept of weather and climate. Explanation given and facts presented are valid, and this is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
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