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How dose weather affect our daily lives?
Answer 1:

Hi, this is a great but complex question.

There are many possible answers to this. One thing that is clear is that the effect of weather on your life depends on where you live. You probably know that the weather can be very different in different parts of the world. For example here in California, the weather is mostly sunny with a few rainstorms in the winter. Temperatures are moderate throughout most of the year. In northern Europe, where I come from, it rains much more and can rain any time of the year. We also have much colder winters than here in California.

This “average” weather will determine what sort of houses we need to build to keep warm, what clothes we have to wear, what hobbies we can have, maybe even how people feel. For example, people may go to the beach because it is warm or play board games because it is often cold. People go skiing where there is snow and sailing where there is wind. In order to make electricity, people may build solar panels in sunny locations or wind turbines in windy locations. The weather determines what plants we can grow and what people eat. For example in California, people eat a lot of Avocadoes and tomatoes whereas in Northern Europe, people eat a lot of potatoes, apples and carrots. Of course, today we can get nearly everything everywhere but still, I would say that the weather does affect our lifestyle a lot.

Besides the average weather, there is “extreme weather” which affects our lives the most and again very much depends on where you live. There can be big floods and very strong winds in the Midwest, snowstorms in the northern US, and Hurricanes in Florida. Here in California, we can have very warm and dry weather causing problems for farmers that try to grow food. Extreme weather can force people to stay home and wait until the event is over. For example there was just a large snow storm in northeastern US which caused all the schools to close and a lot of people to stay home.

Extreme weather can also cause very large catastrophes. Floods and storms can destroy houses and even entire towns. About 10 years ago for example, a large storm caused a lot of destruction in New Orleans. Extreme weather can also cause other natural disasters that affect our lives. For example in very dry weather, we can have wildfires that burn down trees and houses. Very large rainstorms can cause landslides in steep mountains.

These extreme events do not happen every year but people still have to adapt to them and when they strike, they affect our lives very much.

In summary, the average weather affects our lives every day by influencing our lifestyle. Extreme weather on the other hand is less common but often affects our lives a lot.


Answer 2:

The weather affects our lives in more ways than we can count. Most of those ways are not felt on a day-to-day basis, though, but droughts, etc. can determine how much food we have to eat, which is important.


Answer 3:

Weather affects people differently depending on where you live and what you do for work. We experience weather every day, even when it seems really nice out, because weather is whatever the air is like around us: hot or cold, dry or wet, windy or still, or cloudy or sunny. We decide what to wear, whether to walk to school or take the bus, and whether or not to water our gardens on what the weather is like that day. All weather effects what choices we make on a daily basis.

Most of the time people only really think about weather when it is doing something that could harm us—hurricanes and tornadoes can destroy people’s houses, or big snow storms can cause car accidents. Rain and snow storms can make getting from place to place harder, but they also are important for providing water for the farms that produce our food. Windy days that are good for flying kits are also good for turning windmills, which produces the energy we need to turn on light bulbs and run our refrigerators.

So weather affects not just our choices, but also affects the things —food, electricity, etc. — that we depend on every day.



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