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Etymology: Gk, klima, inclination
1 a composite of the prevailing weather conditions that characterize any particular geographic region, including air pressure, temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and humidity. Because these factors affect health, they must be considered in the diagnosis and treatment of certain illnesses, especially those affecting respiration.
2 the general condition surrounding something, as in a climate of goodwill. climatic, adj.


the general meteorological conditions prevailing in a given area.


the total environmental effect of ambient temperature, barometric pressure, radiation, oxygen concentration, water precipitation, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and sunlight hours or cloud cover. Called also weather.

climate classes
includes tropical, semitropical, desert, arid, semiarid, temperate, subarctic, arctic, polar.
climate envelope
the range of climatic variation in which a species can persist in the face of competitors, predators and disease.
climate impact
includes overall statements of total effect of climate such as wind-chill index, temperature-humidity index, effective temperature.

Patient discussion about climate

Q. If you are an asthmatic, is it better to live in a cold climate or hot climate?

A. Well, I'm not a doctor and I guess you should consult one cause each patient can get allergic asthma from different things but as an asthmatic I can tell you it's not necessarily has to do with cold/warm tough humidity and haziness are definitely important factors for some of us. I tend to get more attacks in places with these factors and in my country, the city which is considered with the "best air" for asthmatics has a dry and cold weather...

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The warmest year was 1957, with an average annual temperature of 19.
Miner's Rule assumes that when plastic pipe spends time at different temperatures, the effect is cumulative or additive, and is essentially the same as assuming an average annual temperature.
1), we assumed an Arrhenius aging process to conclude that the average annual temperature under cover in our storage depots is just over 28 [degrees] C, and we have checked that direct sunlight raises the temperature of the stored tires to some 45 [degrees].
The average annual temperature is 6 degrees cooler on the summit than in surrounding areas, with the mid-summer to summer temperatures frequently 10 to 15 degrees cooler than surrounding valleys.
A sample of 45 metropolitan areas in the United States shows that for each increase of a degree in the average annual temperature, July's average temperatures go up by only 0.
The new test, which expat residents say is ludicrous, is aimed at stopping payments being made to British residents of countries where the average annual temperature is higher than the warmest region of the UK -- the South West at 5.
Kiehl applied mathematical formulas to calculate that Earth's average annual temperature 30 to 40 million years ago was about 88 degrees F (31 degrees C)-substantially higher than the pre-industrial average temperature of about 59 degrees F (15 degrees C).
The lower the zone number, the colder the average annual temperature and the more cold hardy selected plants must be.
A further seven French nationals are also believed to be missing during a trip to the remote region, known as Dalol, which is one of the lowest and hottest places on earth with an average annual temperature of 35degC.
The average annual temperature is 34C and British explorer Wilfred Thesiger once described it as a "veritable land of death".
IT may not boast a coastline, a landscape dotted with palm trees or an average annual temperature higher than 40iC, but as a global tourism destination, Gateshead has arrived.
Therefore, a deep cave's temperature matches the average annual temperature at ground level directly above it.

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