Hallett, John Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada.
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Human influence on the weather and, ultimately, climate. This can be either intentional, as with cloud seeding (Fig. 1) to clear fog from airports or to increase precipitation, or unintentional, as with air pollution, which increases aerosol concentrations and reduces sunlight. Weather is considered to be the day-to-day variations of the environment—temperature, cloudiness, relative humidity, wind-speed, visibility, and precipitation. Climate, conversely, reflects the average and extremes of these variables, changing on a seasonal basis. Weather change may lead to climate change, which is assessed over a period of years. See also: Climatology; Weather
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