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Climate Matters

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.

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 a 100 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.

Sample Content

This Week's Content

For a link to our full image library, please contact Bernadette Woods Placky at bplacky@climatecentral.org or 609-986-1998

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Our Climate Matters Team

Bernadette Woods Placky 
Chief Meteorologist,
Climate Matters Program Director

Heidi Cullen, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist

Jennifer Brady 
Data Analyst

Dennis Adams-Smith
Senior Data Analyst

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

Shari Bell
Executive Producer

Lindsay Harmon
Lead Web Producer

Pat Austin
Graphic Designer

Michael Lemonick
Writer at Large

Alyson Kenward, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Research Director

Regina Wang
Research Associate

Climate Change Fact Sheets

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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