Weather refers to short-term atmospheric conditions; climate is the weather of a region averaged over a long period. In this info-packed addition to The NZ Series, Sandra Carrod explores the main elements of New Zealand's climate and weather in global, regional and local terms. Weather and Climate New Zealand answers questions such as: What's in a weather system? How do you read a weather chart? In what ways does our weather and climate differ from other parts of the world? And what are the indicators of climate change in New Zealand? Alongside explanations of all kinds of weather events - including rain, snow, thunderstorms and tornadoes - are extensive graphics, photographs and data from agencies like Niwa and the MetService. After reading this book, reading the weather will become easy.