The Difference Between Weather and Climate

This video features University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher John Magnuson, who studies the ecology of freshwater systems. He explains the difference between weather and climate using data on ice cover from Lake Mendota in Madison, WI. Analysis of the data indicates a long-term trend that can be connected to climate change.

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Wisconsin Educational Communications Board
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The video focuses on Wisconsin. The teacher should consider incorporating local examples into their lesson that uses the video. Citizen science projects like Project Budburst or Pikanet or CoCORAHS are very good examples of how students can get involved in doing research and contribute actual data to databases like those referred to in the video.