Here’s an interesting analogy to explain the differences between weather and climate, it’s taken from the Norwegian TV series Siffer.
The video was featured in a recent New York Times blog Can Better Communication of Climate Science Cut Climate Risks? by Andrew Revkin. The communication of climate science for public consumption remains a major task, especially in light of current political inaction. A recent (Jan 2012) editorial in Nature urges Scientists to Reach Out about Climate stating:
“… scientists and their organizations need to do more to help citizens engage with the issues and not be misled by travesties of the evidence.”
Climate communication outreach projects such as the website http://climatecommunication.org/ have some great resources.