|1.||the long-term prevalent weather conditions of an area, determined by latitude, position relative to oceans or continents, altitude, etc|
|2.||an area having a particular kind of climate|
|3.||a prevailing trend or current of feeling: the political climate|
|[C14: from Late Latin clima, from Greek klima inclination, region; related to Greek klinein to lean]|
|usage Climatic is sometimes wrongly used where climactic is meant. Climatic is properly used to talk about things relating to climate; climactic is used to describe something which forms a climax|
|climate (klī'mĭt) Pronunciation Key
The general or average weather conditions of a certain region, including temperature, rainfall, and wind. On Earth, climate is most affected by latitude, the tilt of the Earth's axis, the movements of the Earth's wind belts, the difference in temperatures of land and sea, and topography. Human activity, especially relating to actions relating to the depletion of the ozone layer, is also an important factor.
A region's usual weather patterns. The climate at any point on Earth is determined by things such as the general movement of the atmosphere, the proximity of the oceans, and the altitude of the location.
Note: The climate also is affected by the sun, by changes in the orbit of the Earth, by plate tectonics, and by human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, which may lead to a greenhouse effect.