I'm creating an ad of sorts for an upcoming event without a set date. What's a word to describe the setting including weather/time of year/occasion for a particular time?

I'd use it in a sentence like , "Based on the _____ at the time, we may do one of these three options:"

I was thinking "environment" or "climate" but they don't seem to fit well because they connote more strongly the physical and weather aspects, not the occasion as much as I'd like.

  • Based on the "weather conditions"... Oct 23, 2015 at 18:24
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    If you want something generic that encompasses all of those things you should just say situation or circumstances. Oct 23, 2015 at 18:26
  • Or "Depending on the way things are going".
    – Graffito
    Oct 23, 2015 at 18:53
  • Based on the prevailing conditions. Oct 23, 2015 at 19:12

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"Based on the circumstances at the time, we may do one of these three options:"

A fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action:
Oxford Dictionaries


I like "circumstances," but in an academic crowd or setting, you could also use the word "variables"--people will understand that you are encompassing both environment and practical aspects.

  • Good answer but it'd be better if you added a definition :) Oct 23, 2015 at 19:01

I will go with situation.

: all of the facts, conditions, and events that affect someone or something at a particular time and in a particular place M-W

"Based on the situation [i.e. how things stand] at the time, we may do one of these three options:"


You could just use condition as it means:

something essential to the appearance or occurrence of something else


The factors or prevailing situation influencing the performance or outcome of a process:

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

"Depending on various conditions at the time, we may do one of these three options:"

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    Conditions (plural), perhaps?
    – A.P.
    Oct 23, 2015 at 18:54
  • @A.P. Of course.
    – user140086
    Oct 23, 2015 at 19:03

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