A change in the weather: Climactic vs. climatic

Once you know the difference between climactic and climatic, fireworks will go off.

Climactic refers to the high point of something, such as the climax of a novel or something that’s orgasmic. It comes from the noun climax, except the x has been turned to a ct to get an adjective: Suddenly, a climactic crash of thunder reverberated across Chicago.

Climatic refers to the weather. It comes from the noun climate, as in: The years-long drought across Southern California is a climatic disaster.

Hopefully, such knowledge now will bring about a wind of change in some writers’ word usage.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.