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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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As highlighted in recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the climate envelope that is critical to our existence on this Earth is showing evidence of alarming rates of change.
Wier Woods was above the climate envelope of American beech for mean temperature of the warmest month (34[degrees] vs 29[degrees]C) but did not go below the bottom of the envelope for mean minimum temperature in the coldest month (15[degrees] vs 9[degrees]C).
The AWhere solution of a 'user community' easily sharing information, getting updated climate envelopes as they are available, and visualizing future conditions through graphics, maps and interpretations is instrumental to a professional approach to climate adaptation.

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