Under the Big Umbrella with Matt Zaffino
Recent weather extremes and possible connections to climate change

Recent weather extremes and possible connections to climate change

March 3, 2021

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. 

Portland snow - The past, present and future

Portland snow - The past, present and future

January 29, 2021

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!

The Paris Climate Agreement

The Paris Climate Agreement

December 2, 2020

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.

The Death of Glaciers

The Death of Glaciers

October 26, 2020

"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.

Portland winter weather forecast

Portland winter weather forecast

October 7, 2020

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. 

‘Climate Guilt’ - Do you have it?

‘Climate Guilt’ - Do you have it?

August 20, 2020

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.

What to do when you forget your sleeping bag…

What to do when you forget your sleeping bag…

August 6, 2020

The North Cascades of Washington has been described as some of the best wilderness in the lower 48. It can be hard to access because the valleys are deep, the mountains are high, remote, and steep. All of this makes it one of my favorite places to find solitude and deep wilderness experience. I’ve seen wolverine in the North Cascades. I’ve gone days without seeing anyone but my backpacking or climbing partner. I’ve fought through devils club and nettles so thick I’d wished I’d had a machete. The weather can be, ok let’s be honest, the weather can be and often is, absolutely miserable. 

So, this is not a mountain range where you want to leave your sleeping bag IN THE CAR. Which is exactly what I did on this trip.

 

Celestial summer and ski slopes

Celestial summer and ski slopes

July 15, 2020

Matt Zaffino talks about all of the great celestial events we will be able to see this summer in Oregon and riffs on some new info on ski slopes in the PNW. Yes. Matt is talking about skiing in the summer. 

What does the name of a hockey team have to do with climate change?

What does the name of a hockey team have to do with climate change?

July 15, 2020

Matt Zaffino has a look at the hot year we have been having and then breaks down why the name change of a hockey team will bring attention to climate change.

Look up! Matt Zaffino has a preview of cool things to see in the Oregon summer sky

Look up! Matt Zaffino has a preview of cool things to see in the Oregon summer sky

June 26, 2020

Get schooled on those beautiful noctilucent clouds that we get to see this time of year.

SPOILER ALERT: Those are tenuous cloud-like phenomena in the upper atmosphere of Earth. They consist of ice crystals and are only visible during astronomical twilight. 

Matt also has all you need to know about the Perseid meteor showers and when you will be able to see them best and has info on when you can look up and see the Starlink satellite (you'll hear why this is so cool, especially if you have internet access of any kind). 

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