In a recent installment of Fox News’s Fox & Friends, the channel’s Ed Henry complains not about the worsening state of climate change, but how “the left” uses language to refer to the phenomenon.
“We know it's cold outside,” he said. “Now the left is actually using new terms for global warming, like 'extreme weather.' Why do they keep changing the language? Are they just pushing the same old agenda with new words?”
Luckily, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration explains the difference between the climate change referred to by global warming and the weather:
“Whereas weather refers to short-term changes in the atmosphere, climate describes what the weather is like over a long period of time in a specific area,” the site reads. “Different regions can have different climates. To describe the climate of a place, we might say what the temperatures are like during different seasons, how windy it usually is, or how much rain or snow typically falls.
“When scientists talk about climate, they're often looking at averages of precipitation, temperature, humidity, sunshine, wind, and other measures of weather that occur over a long period in a particular place,” the website continues. “In some instances, they might look at these averages over 30 years.”
Perhaps when Henry realizes the difference between “weather” and “climate”, he will understand why different terms are used in different contexts.