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KGW meteorologist Matt Zaffino dishes on some of the quirky, interesting, mostly weather-related topics, that will leave you feeling wow'ed and smarter. Matt keeps each episode between 5-7 minutes so that you can finish an episode before you get to where you are going.

Under the Big Umbrella with Matt Zaffino KGW

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 47 Ratings

KGW meteorologist Matt Zaffino dishes on some of the quirky, interesting, mostly weather-related topics, that will leave you feeling wow'ed and smarter. Matt keeps each episode between 5-7 minutes so that you can finish an episode before you get to where you are going.

    Climate conversation from COP 26

    Climate conversation from COP 26

    I talk with Bernadette Placky Woods, a meteorologist with Climate Central who is attending COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland. We discuss what's happening in Glasgow, what it's like to be there and the state of climate change and global efforts to lessen its impact.

    • 22 min
    La Nina and Winter in the Northwest: talking with Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist

    La Nina and Winter in the Northwest: talking with Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist

    My conversation with Nick Bond, research meteorologist at the University of Washington and state climatologist of Washington. We get into La Nina, climate change, winters in the Northwest and a look back at the epic heat wave of Summer 2021.

    • 14 min
    Defusing the bomb cyclone

    Defusing the bomb cyclone

    This past weekend, the west coast was hit with a bomb cyclone in Oregon and Washington and an atmospheric river in California. KGW chief meteorologist Matt Zaffino breaks down the bomb cyclone, how it came to be and where it might be going in the changing climate.

    • 9 min
    La Nina and the 2021-22 Northwest Ski Season

    La Nina and the 2021-22 Northwest Ski Season

    We're heading into ski season and the second of back-to-back La Nina years. What is that, why do we care, and what does that mean for Cascade snowfall this year? Matt Zaffino digs deep into the numbers. But here's a clue: get your skis waxed and your traction tires mounted. 

    • 9 min
    Portland's Proposed Frog Ferry

    Portland's Proposed Frog Ferry

    Tired of the tedious commute in your car? Concerned about the fossil fuels you're burning while you do it and the link to climate change and our recently wild weather? There may soon be a new option for you coming up the river. It's called the Frog Ferry. The plan is ambitious, and it's hopping right along.

    • 16 min
    The Role of Climate Change In The Epic Northwest Heat Wave

    The Role of Climate Change In The Epic Northwest Heat Wave

    In late June, the Northwest experienced what had been unheard-of temperatures. In exploring the role of climate change in the heat wave, Matt Zaffino takes a deep dive into the rapidly growing field of science attribution.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Pez808 ,

Smart, and fun!

I have learned so much about weather, our planet, and local weather events. Cool production and podcast!

marthadibblee ,

Van ... vortices

I don’t know the proper name but I was fascinated last night when Matt showed the satellite imagery of these vortices around a small island in the Pacific off the coast of Mexico.It’s an amazing demonstration of fluid dynamics. Physics at its best. It’s vignettes like this that make Matt’s weather program something to look forward to every night on KGW TV Portland 6 pm and usually at 11 o’clock as well. Martha Dibblee

pdxheart20 ,

Excellent podcast

Timely, relevant, credible, well presented.

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