verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Although there is a wealth of scientific evidence, the difference between weather and climate can be difficult to understand. But all hope is not lost—we're here to help you learn the difference.
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Idioms for weather
- somewhat indisposed; ailing; ill.
- suffering from a hangover.
- more or less drunk: Many fatal accidents are caused by drivers who are under the weather.
Origin of weather
historical usage of weather
Window is first recorded in Middle English in the first half of the 13th century. It comes from Old Norse vindauga “wind eye,” originally an opening in a gable or roof to release smoke and admit light. (The Old Norse word came into Old English before the initial w- became v- in literary Old Norse.)
OTHER WORDS FROM weatherweath·er·er, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH weatherweather , whether
Words nearby weather
WEATHER VS. CLIMATE
What’s the difference between weather and climate?
Weather refers to short-term atmospheric conditions—the temperature and precipitation on a certain day, for example. Climate refers to the average atmospheric conditions that prevail in a given region over a long period of time—whether a place is generally cold and wet or hot and dry, for example. It can also refer to the region or area that has a particular climate.
Weather can also be a verb, meaning to expose something to harsh conditions (such as by placing it outside, in the weather), often in order to change it in some way, as in We need to weather this leather to soften it. It can also mean to endure a storm or, more metaphorically, a negative or dangerous situation, as in We will simply have to weather the recession. As nouns, both weather and climate can be used figuratively to refer to the general (nonliteral) atmosphere of a place or situation, as in phrases like political climate and fair-weather friend.
In scientific terms, both weather and climate are about atmospheric conditions like temperature, precipitation, and other factors. But they differ in scale. Weather involves the atmospheric conditions and changes we experience in the short term, on a daily basis. Rain today, sun tomorrow, and snow next month—that’s weather. Climate involves average atmospheric conditions in a particular place over a long period of time (this is often understood to mean 30 years or more). Is the place where you live consistently rainy and cool? Is it always 72 degrees and sunny? That’s climate.
So, when you’re making small talk about whether it’s rainy or sunny that day, you’re discussing the weather. If you’re complaining that it’s always way too hot where you live, all year round, you’re discussing your regional climate.
Changes to climate—even an average temperature rise of a few degrees—can alter the weather patterns that we’re accustomed to. More extreme and more frequent storms, floods, and droughts are some examples of weather events that are being fueled by a warming of the climate.
Here’s an example of weather and climate used correctly in a sentence.
Example: When you live in an extremely dry climate, a rare day of rainy weather is thrilling.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between weather and climate.
Quiz yourself on weather vs. climate!
Should weather or climate be used in the following sentence?
This week’s hot _____ has brought people out to the pool in droves.
Example sentences from the Web for weather
The weather is pretty warm year-round, though, hovering at around 75 degrees.
The shutoffs that began late Monday are a fairly new and controversial practice, and their use last year triggered investigations while utilities defended them as necessary in the face of increasingly wild weather.California faces widespread power cuts after weeks of destructive wildfires|kdunn6|September 8, 2020|Fortune
The US is experiencing one of its worst years for wildfire outbreaks thanks to hot weather and a lack of firefighters.Trump ban on Chinese drone parts risks worsening wildfires|Financial Times|September 3, 2020|Ars Technica
While restrictions have eased in some parts of the country, the situation—particularly as we head into cooler fall weather and back to school—is proving to be fluid.This year’s top Labor Day destinations might surprise you|Rachel King|September 1, 2020|Fortune
And, of course, there have been far more disasters caused by extreme weather than terrorist attacks.FEMA spends more preparing for terrorism than hurricanes|Rachel Schallom|August 27, 2020|Fortune
Frustrating as regulars find these fair-weather exercise interlopers, they were also all beginners once, he says.
That ground hold was to stop you flying through weather that could kill you and everyone else aboard.
Did the airline file a flight plan that took account of the weather en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore?
These days weather should never cause a commercial airliner to crash.
The pilot asked air-traffic control for permission to climb from 32,000 to 38,000 feet to avoid the bad weather.
In the drawing-room things went on much as they always do in country drawing-rooms in the hot weather.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Blamed ef I'd lived in a country all my life, ef I wouldn't know better'n to git caught out in such weather's this!Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
An old weather-beaten bear-hunter stepped forward, squirting out his tobacco juice with all imaginable deliberation.
That the weather being calm, he rowed round me several times, observed my windows and wire-lattices that defenced them.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Decomposition sets in rapidly, especially in warm weather, and greatly interferes with all the examinations.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for weather
- the day-to-day meteorological conditions, esp temperature, cloudiness, and rainfall, affecting a specific placeCompare climate (def. 1)
- (modifier) relating to the forecasting of weathera weather ship
- (of a vessel) to roll and pitch in heavy seas
- (foll by of) to carry out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
- not in good health
Derived forms of weatherweatherability, nounweatherer, noun
Word Origin for weather
Scientific definitions for weather
Cultural definitions for weather
Idioms and Phrases with weather
In addition to the idiom beginning with weather
- weather the storm
- fair-weather friend
- heavy going (weather)
- keep a weather eye out
- under the weather