Weather is very much a part of our lives. In agriculture and industry climate data is very important. There are many decisions in our personal lives that can be better made if climate data is taken into consideration. An example is whether or not to bring an umbrella on a particular day.
Some extremes of weather are near the equator and the polar area. Near the equator it is always warm during the day and cool at night, and the people wear light clothing. In the polar area it is always cold. The local inhabitants of the Arctic wear warm clothing year round.
Because of the variations of weather, people in different parts of the world live in houses different from people in other parts of the world. In Switzerland, the roof of houses have gentle slopes that allow snow to stay without falling off. This helps to insulate the house and keep the warmth from escaping.
Weather is an important factor in the life of the farmer because he needs to know the length of growing seasons, extremes of temperature and rainfall for a successful growing crop. A cold spell can be disastrous to a crop and cause a financial burden on the farmer, and the consumer will also feel the affects by paying higher prices.
Meteorologists have found that the same weather occurs repeatedly over the same place. Records show that Florida has warm winters and that Illinois has cold winters. Some winter days in Florida are cool and some winter days in Illinois are warm. Nevertheless, weather in Florida is usually warm and Illinois is usually cold.