cli·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy | \ˌklī-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē \

Definition of climatology 

: the science that deals with climates and their phenomena

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Other Words from climatology

climatological \ˌklī-​mə-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
climatologically \-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
climatologist \-​mə-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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Springtime variability prevails late this week into the weekend, but most days see temperatures running to the cooler side of climatology yet again, keeping April on that cool pace not seen since 2007. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Cool and rainy through tomorrow afternoon, sun returns by Thursday," 24 Apr. 2018 On it: from Columbia, masters degrees in oceanography and climatology followed by a Ph. Author: Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska resembles outer space, according to astronaut recruit from UAF," 29 Sep. 2016 Our variable pattern is offering regular precipitation chances, but each event underwhelms in terms of intensity against normal climatology. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "You don’t need that groundhog — here’s the February outlook for D.C.," 31 Jan. 2018 For example, some climatology studies have incorporated Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge) to explain changes in sea ice conditions observed over many generations. George Nicholas, Smithsonian, "When Scientists “Discover” What Indigenous People Have Always Known," 22 Feb. 2018 The average temperature of 78.8 was 1.1 degrees warmer than the 30-year climatology and the coolest since 2014’s 78.1-degree result. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "August recap: A wet and cool close to D.C. summer," 1 Sep. 2017 Considered vital to Earth’s water cycle, atmospheric rivers (or AR, in climatology shorthand) are narrow corridors of moisture in the atmosphere that can dump concentrated amounts of precipitation. Nicole Miller-coleman,, "Calibrating for Change: Rethinking drought and water, part two," 24 Sep. 2017 Only people without even the minimal basic knowledge of climatology might believe those absurdities. William Langewiesche, The Hive, "How Extreme Heat Could Leave Swaths of the Planet Uninhabitable," 22 Aug. 2017 To study statewide precipitation, Allen and Luptowitz analyzed 38 climate models and selected about a dozen that most accurately simulate current California climatology. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "Climate change could make California wetter, study finds," 7 July 2017

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1813, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of climatology

: the scientific study of climates


cli·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy | \ˌklī-mə-ˈtäl-ə-jē \
plural climatologies

Medical Definition of climatology 

: the science that deals with climates and their phenomena

Other Words from climatology

climatological \ˌklī-​mət-​ᵊl-​ˈäj-​i-​kəl \ adjective
climatologically \-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
climatologist \-​mə-​ˈtäl-​ə-​jəst \ noun

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