From Glossary of Meteorology


A thorough, quantitative description of climate, particularly with reference to the tables and charts that show the characteristic values of climatic elements at a station or over an area.

The term often has a comparative geographic connotation. Like descriptive climatology, it is sometimes used antithetically to climatology, when the latter is narrowly used to denote only the explanation of the causes for climatic conditions.
See physical climate.

Conrad, V., and L. W. Pollack 1950. Methods in Climatology. 2d ed. rev. and enl., . 307–331.

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