A cheeky British video solves public confusion of weather and climate once and for all.
I often whine about public confusion of climate and weather. If only it were this simple to clear it all up. Just pass a law:
"I mean look at this weather, eh. Still, I'm sure it'll average out statistically to indicate a long term warming trend." Exactly.
Yes, we've been spending a fair amount of time talking about how the extreme weather events of the past year do bear the imprints of a warmer—and, thus, wetter—world. But weather is not climate. TIME's Bryan Walsh made the point as well as I've read: "it's a mistake to use any one storm—or even a season's worth of storms—to disprove climate change (or to prove it)…Weather is what will happen next weekend; climate is what will happen over the next decades and centuries."
Hat tip for the video to Chris Mooney.