Misconception Monday: Whether Weather or Climate

Okay, people, we’re getting back to the basics. After my (frankly) exhausting exasperation with Nicholas Wade, I need a palette cleanser. So what’s the most basic misconception I have on my to-do list? This one:

Misconception: Weather and climate are the same thing.

Correction: Weather and climate are related, but different, things.

In Massachusetts, we have an elementary school science standard that reads, “Differentiate between weather and climate.” One way to assess mastery of this skill is to present statements and ask whether they represent a statement about weather or a statement about climate. Want to try it?

Stephanie Keep
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Stephanie Keep is the former Editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education

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