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There is a difference between climate and weather. Sally Deneen at The Daily Green puts it simply: Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.

"They're not the same thing," she explains. "Climate is the statistical accumulation of weather data for a particular region or city. Only weather trends that play out over long periods of time (some say 30 years) can indicate a climate trend. Climate tends to be what you think of when you describe a place —rainy Seattle, humid Miami, snowy Vermont. You expect to be able to ice-fish in Minnesota in January, for instance."

The folks at NASA concur, calling the difference a measure of time. Says NASA: "When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. Today, children always hear stories from their parents and grandparents about how snow was always piled up to their waists as they trudged off to school. Children today in most areas of the country haven't experienced those kinds of dreadful snow-packed winters, except for the Northeastern U.S. in January 2005. The change in recent winter snows indicate that the climate has changed since their parents were young."

So, let's do what our parents didn't: change our way of life