The other day, I was asked about the
following two example sentences proposed for a learners' dictionary
(the asterisk is supposed to indicate unacceptability):|
(1) What will the weather [*climate] be like tomorrow?I replied that I found (1) acceptable--that is, "climate" would not be used in that context--but that it was wrong to exclude "weather" from (2) because "weather" is sometimes used in the meaning of "climate."
English dictionaries don't seem to agree with me. Those I checked give only a restricted meaning of "weather":
weather n. 1. The state of the atmosphere at a given time and place, with respect to variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity, and barometric pressure. (American Heritage Dictionary)But I'm sure I've heard "weather" used in the meaning of "climate" many times, I've probably used it that way myself, and it's not hard to find examples on the Web:
As for Seattle, I like it because the weather is mild, there is tons of stuff to do (although I have no time to do it), and the people are laid back.Despite what the English dictionaries say, I recommended that "weather" not be indicated as unacceptable in example (2).
(April 17, 2003)