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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 • 46 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.

    Recent weather extremes and possible connections to climate change

    Recent weather extremes and possible connections to climate change

    Matt Zaffino shares his expertise on recent weather extremes and the possible connections to climate change.  Also, find out how Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton play into this week's episode.
    SPOILER ALERT: Matt MAY have twisted the words around a little bit to create his own special rendition. 

    • 6 min
    Portland snow - The past, present and future

    Portland snow - The past, present and future

    Is it going to snow?
    Meteorologist Matt Zaffino hears this question all the time. So, Matt did what any good meteorologist would do and brushed the dust off the history books to see if Portland's snowfall has increased or decreased over the years. 
    In this episode:
    Find out how meteorologists measure snow.Matt shares the year Portland saw the most snow. 44 inches in one month!And Matt answers the question "Will I see snow in February?"
    Enjoy!

    • 8 min
    The Paris Climate Agreement

    The Paris Climate Agreement

    We were in it. Now we are out of it. We will probably be back in it again come January. Meteorologist Matt Zaffino breaks down why the Paris Climate Agreement is so important.

    • 7 min
    The Death of Glaciers

    The Death of Glaciers

    "A group spearheaded by the newly formed Oregon Glaciers Institute just held a funeral. The deceased demise was no surprise and its relatives have been dropping like flies. This has nothing to do with COVID. This is more of a cold case...or lack of cold case." Matt Zaffino
    Listen to find out more about the loss of the Clark Glacier on the central Oregon Cascade South Sister volcano.

    • 4 min
    Portland winter weather forecast

    Portland winter weather forecast

    SPOILER:  Expect snow, storms and wind! Matt Zaffino explains why El Nina and El Nino play a role in how the winter weather will be. 

    • 7 min
    'Climate Guilt' - Do you have it?

    'Climate Guilt' - Do you have it?

    Matt Zaffino recently went on a backpacking trip and started feeling guilty about some of the necessary evils that his group had to deal with (due to COVID-19) while heading out on a 7-hour drive. Matt dishes on why you should NOT have climate guilt during these unprecedented times.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 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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