lrad1952 asked in Science & MathematicsWeather · 1 decade ago

Why are meteorologists not climatologists?

Why isn't that the term for the scientists that study meteors?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    climatology is to study climate. Meteorology is the study of weather.

    MeteOros is Greek for "high in the air"

  • 1 decade ago

    The difference between weather and climate is that climate is about long-term conditions, not day-to-day weather events. So you can predict that in 5 years time Death Valley will have a dry hot climate, even though you can't give it a reliable weather forecast that far ahead. It's the job of a climatologist to work out the effect of jet contrails on global warming, how much man-made CO2 will be absorbed by oceans and forests, whether global warming will release methane from sea floor sediments and create a positive feedback loop and so on, not to predict tomorrow's weather. Meteor and meteorology both come from the Greek word for sky.

  • 1 decade ago

    1. because climatologists deals with the long term weather phenomenon;

    2. meteorologists deal with short-term weather phenomenon.

    3. "meteor" is actually the thing that is inappropriately named because it is not something dealing with the atmosphere; they are the result of something impacting the atmosphere -- they should be called space debris.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    their head is in the clouds.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ever heard of www.wikipedia.org ?

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