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Research shows that meteorologists are trusted messengers on climate change. The majority understand that climate change is real and that the science of climate change needs to be communicated to the public. 

Unlike climate scientists, TV meteorologists have unparalleled access to their communities. Through Climate Matters, Climate Central provides regularly produced content on the relationship between weather and climate. Our team of data analysts, meteorologists, climate experts, graphic artists and journalists create graphics, text, animations, videos and research to aid TV weathercasters in presenting science-rooted climate information in clear, concise and relevant ways.

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Each week, we create high-quality information and graphics for our partner meteorologists including:

  • Localized data and analyses that show the ways that the climate is changing in their markets
  • TV-ready graphics and multimedia content for use across all platforms – including maps, interactive tools, severe weather trackers, temperature trend charts – that convey climate change powerfully and accessibly to general audiences
  • Extreme weather analyses produced in the news cycle so that weathercasters have reliable climate data as storms are happening—and when millions of people are paying attention

Since 2012, Climate Central’s program has grown to include more than 300 local TV meteorologists who routinely reach millions of viewers. The success of Climate Matters led to a partnership with Weather Company subsidiary WSI, which distributes our analyses to the majority of the nation’s TV weather forecasters.

Bernadette Woods Placky

The program is managed by Bernadette Woods Placky, an Emmy-award winning meteorologist.

Bernadette Woods-Placky on MSNBC's Lean Forward

Bernadette is often called upon to discuss and explain extreme weather events and has appeared on a number of national and local television broadcasts.  

Before coming to Climate Central, Bernadette spent 10 years as a TV weather forecaster. Her most recent station was WJZ in Baltimore, where she earned an Emmy for Best Weathercaster.  Prior to that, she worked at both WLEX in Lexington, Ky., and KNWA in Fayetteville, Ark. Bernadette began her career at AccuWeather, Inc.

Bernadette has a B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in French from Penn State University, where she is a steering committee member for MAPS (Meteorology Alumni of Penn State). She also carries both American Meteorological Society certifications — Television Seal of Approval and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. She is currently a member of the AMS Committee on Applied Climatology.

Sean Sublette

Sean Sublette is an award-winning meteorologist working on the Climate Matters program, bringing 19 years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist.

Sean Sublette on PBS NewsHour

Before joining Climate Central, Sublette was Chief Meteorologist at WSET in Lynchburg, Va. Previously, he was morning meteorologist at WSLS in nearby Roanoke. Prior to his promotion to Chief Meteorologist in Lynchburg, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters awarded his team Best Morning Show six times in eight years.

Sublette was also an Adjunct Professor at Lynchburg College, teaching two courses: Introductory Climate Science and Meteorology. Before starting his broadcast career, he briefly worked for a federal contractor at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

He has served on the American Meteorological Society's Distinguished Science Journalism Award Committee and has been a script reviewer for American Institute of Physics’ Discoveries and Breakthroughs in Science. He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal and was a member of the AMS Board of Broadcast Meteorology from 2006-09, serving as Board Chair in 2009.

Sublette earned his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Meteorology from Penn State.

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Our Climate Matters Team

Bernadette Woods Placky 
Chief Meteorologist,
Climate Matters Program Director

Heidi Cullen, Ph.D.
Chief Science Advisor

Sean Sublette

Jennifer Brady 
Data Analyst

Claudia Tebaldi, Ph.D.
Science Fellow, Climate Statistics

Julia Langer
Communications Fellow

Megan Martin
Multimedia Designer, Meteorologist

Shari Bell
Executive Producer

Abbey Dufoe
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Jeremy Zullow
Research Fellow


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Fact #1:    Carbon Dioxide is a Heat-Trapping Gas
Fact #2:    We Are Adding More Carbon Dioxide to the Atmosphere All the Time
Fact #3:    Temperatures are Rising
Fact #4:    Sea Level is Rising
Fact #5:    Climate Change Can be Natural, but What's Happening Now Can't be Explained by Natural Forces
Fact #6:    The Terms “Global Warming” and “Climate Change” Are Almost Interchangeable
Fact #7:    We Can Already See The Effects of Climate Change
Fact #8:    Large Regions of The World Are Seeing a Significant Increase In Extreme Weather Events, Including Torrential Rainstorms, Heat Waves And Droughts
Fact #9:    Frost and Snowstorms Will Still Happen in a Warmer World
Fact #10:  Global Warming is a Long-Term Trend; It Doesn’t Mean Next Year Will Always Be Warmer Than This Year

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