10 episodes

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
    • 4.8, 32 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.

    Mount St. Helens - It's a special relationship

    Mount St. Helens - It's a special relationship

    May 18th, 2020 will mark 40 years since the Mount St. Helens eruption that rocked the PNW. Matt Zaffino shares his special memories and favorite moments of climbing, biking, and simply enjoying the majestic beast known as Mount St. Helens.

    • 6 min
    Time and survival: now and then

    Time and survival: now and then

    Let's chat about time, and survival in time, because a lot of us feel like we're just surviving this time of the coronavirus. I thought it'd be fun to look back at some other examples of survival and periods of long time where people have been left to their own devices. It's been two months since many of us began this new reality of life in quarantine, work from home, home school, not seeing friends and family, and all the other restrictions on life as we used to know it, and honestly, it's getting a little old, right? I mean, cabin fever, the urge to socialize and connect, are becoming stronger and stronger the longer this lasts. I mean, a person can only persevere on video chats and Netflix for so long, right?

    • 5 min
    Science and the COVID-19 lockdown

    Science and the COVID-19 lockdown

    Matt Zaffino is a little miffed by an article that has been circulating around his circle of science friends that says that the Oregon lockdown is what is hurting our economy, not the coronavirus. Find out how data prediction models are like buying a house.

    • 7 min
    Are April temps a precursor to summer temps?

    Are April temps a precursor to summer temps?

    Matt Zaffino has a peek into your 2020 spring/summer forecast. Find out if the temps in April dictate the temps in the summer.

    • 4 min
    Wildfire potential predictions for the PNW

    Wildfire potential predictions for the PNW

    Matt Zaffino has a look at what he thinks the wildfire season will look like for the west this year. 

    • 5 min
    The relationship between coronavirus and pollution

    The relationship between coronavirus and pollution

    In this episode of Under the Big Umbrella, Matt Zaffino talks about the yin and the yang when it comes to the coronavirus and pollution. 

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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Excellent podcast

Timely, relevant, credible, well presented.

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Quick engaging informative facts

Topics and information are interesting and the concise timing is perfect for listening to while walking or driving

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Matt’s The Best

I’ve been fortunate enough to watch Matt Zaffino on Portland’s NBC affiliate, KGW-TV, since moving to Portland five years ago. Matt is far more than a TV weather guy. Besides giving us great forecasts for PDX and the Pacific NW, we get insights into all kinds of science and geography topics as they relate to climatology, natural history, and now the pandemic. Matt is THE best “weatherman” I’ve ever encountered. Smart, witty, informative and entertaining. His knowledge is broad and deep on so many topics and he has a knack for communicating a lot of good information in short segments on TV and now his podcast, “Under the Big Umbrella “ Glad to see him get more exposure via his new podcast. Hope his audience grows large and wide.

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