Credit: Siffer, produced by TeddyTV for NRK. Animation by Ole Christoffer Haga

Do you know the difference between weather and climate? And do you know how weather and climate are like walking a dog? In this animated short, the relationship between trend and variation are explained with an excellent analogy to a man walking his dog. There is much more variation in the path that the dog takes as compared with the man, but they are both headed the same way. Similarly, weather can be highly variable and climate means long term trends.

Weather is the current atmospheric conditions including temperature, rainfall, wind, and humidity. Weather can be highly variable.

Climate is the mean atmospheric conditions, typically an average of 30 years of weather data. A mean, or average, is much less variable.