Weather v. climate

Truth About Weather, Climate and Climate Change

I hope to get this poll about defining "climate" posted by the Naples News and others (e.g., TV meteorologists) across the country. But, those who read, please post your answers and rationale here.

Thanks.

The best time frame to describe climate is

A - 3 days
B - 30 years
C - 300 decades
D - 3,000 centuries

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MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

Probably "C"; 3,000 years;

-considering the changes undergone in the Sahara Desert over the last 10,000 years, and changing conditions in (say) North America since the last Ice Age.

Yet also consider the stable conditions for periods of MILLIONS of years during the Mesozoic Era and Carboniferous Periods.
Yet within those periods of millions of years, there may have been undetected "microclimates" of a few thousand years.

Interesting observation: It has only been within the last 10 years that I have ever noticed "sweet gum" trees growing north of Monvale, N.J.

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