tempo-, tempor-

(Latin: time, occasion)

Don't confuse this tempo- element with other words that refer to the temples; such as, the flattened sides of the forehead or the buildings used for religious worship or services. They simply have no connection with this element.

1. A severe storm with very high winds and often rain, hail, or snow.
2. A severe commotion or disturbance, especially an emotional upheaval.
3. From Latin tempestas, from tempus, "time".

The Latin word originally meant "period of time", which evolved into "weather" and, finally, "storm". Tempus resulted in a neutral condition as "weather", and provided the word for "weather" in modern French (temps), Italian (tempo), Spanish (tiempo), and Romanian (timp).

Other languages whose word for "weather" came from a term originally denoting "time" include Russian (pogodo), Polish (czas), Czech (pocasi), Latvian (laiks), and Breton (amzer).

Dictionary of Word Origins, by John Ayto,
Arcade Publishing, New York, 1990.
temples of the head
The areas just behind and to the sides of the forehead and the eyes, above the sides of the zygomatic arches (cheekbones) and in front of the ears.
1. The speed at which a musical composition or passage is performed.
2. The pace or rate of something.
3. A characteristic rate or rhythm of an activity or motion (by someone or something).
4. From Latin tempus, "time".
Tempora mutantur.
The times are changed.

A short version of, Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis ("The times are changed and we with them"). A similar version is Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis ("All things are changed, and we with them").

Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
Times change and we change with them.
Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis.
Times change and we change with them.

Attributed to John Owen who died in 1622, a Welshman known for his Latin epigrams.

Tempora mutantur permanet praestantia.
The times change but excellence prevails.

Motto of Mitchell Community College, Statesville, North Carolina, USA.

1. Relating to measured time.
2. Connected with life in this world rather than a spiritual life.
3. The quality or state of being connected with time or the world.
4. Relating to, concerned with, or limited by time.
temporal niche
A separation in time of potentially competing species.