In his never-ending Twitter dialogue, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, has yet again shown his lack of understanding regarding important world issues. In a recent tweet, Trump calls for more Global warming typing, "In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!." Yes, he is calling for more Global Warming.

Good old Global Warming?

Unfortunately, what Donald Trump and others in the US government seem to not understand, is that Climate and Weather do not mean the same thing.

But President Trump isn't the only one with a lack of vocabulary. In 2015 Senator James Inhofe brought a snowball to the Senate floor as his proof that global warming isn't true. What these men and so many others are clearly failing to grasp is that while it can be cold one day, the overall trend has been toward much warmer temperatures on average.

Climate is described in the dictionary as “the weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period“ and “a region with particular prevailing weather conditions.” Weather, however, is “the state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.“

What this means, if you are reading this Mr.

Trump, is that while "weather" is what it’s like outside now, "climate" is what it’s been like outside for a while. That means that Global Warming is judged by ongoing trends in weather patterns over a long period of time. Just because it’s cold today doesn’t mean it’s not been warmer for the last several years then it has ever been since we started recording weather 137 years ago.

Top 10 warmest years were all recent

It is surprising that the president does not know the findings of his own government department. On the website they do confirm that in the US, temperatures have risen since 1901, with an increased rate of warming within the last 30 years. Global temperatures are similarly increasing, the 10 top warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998, according to their findings.

The EPA has indicated that the unusually hot summer days have led to less cooling during evening hours, causing increasingly high temperatures during summer nights. Although the US does experience many unusually low temperatures in the winter months, this has become increasingly less common. Records set for daily high temperatures have become the norm, whereas record-setting low temperatures are becoming rarer. Between the years 2000 and 2009 twice as many record highs were reported as compared to record lows.

The EPA goes on to explain the difference between climate and weather: "Weather influences what clothes you wear on a given day, while the climate where you live influences the entire wardrobe you buy." Hopefully, that explains the difference between climate and weather.