Whether it’s cold or whether it’s hot;
We shall have weather,
Whether or not!

Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. Weather refers, generally, to day-to-day temperature and precipitation activity.

The atmosphere can be compared to an ocean of air, about 200 miles deep. The changes and movement that take place in this ocean of air, the storms that invade it, the clouds that float in it, the sunshine, the rain, the dew , the sleet, the frost, the snow and the hail are termed weather.

Climate and weather are two different things. Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at the moment, while climate is the sum total of weather condition over a period of several years. One season may be very dry while another may be very wet, one may very cold and the next may be unusually hot, but climate is a term which includes all of these variations.

The following pages will contain information and activities on various types of weather. Learn to add them to your Nature Journal as they occur in your area.