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14 Jul 2016
At Ground Zero for Rising Seas, TV Weatherman Talks Climate
by Diane Toomey / Contributor to Yale Environment 360
John Morales is part of a new breed of television weather forecasters seeking to educate viewers on climate change and the threat it poses. In South Florida, where sea level rise is already causing periodic flooding, he has a receptive audience.
When it comes to informing the public about global warming, few people have as much influence as the hundreds of local weather forecasters at television stations across the United States. That prime perch has not been lost on non-profit groups like Climate Central, which works with TV meteorologists to broadcast the message of climate change.
One of those leading the way on this is John Morales, chief meteorologist of the NBC affiliate in Miami. Morales — who has worked in Miami for 25 years — uses his broadcasts and Twitter feed to tie weather trends in South Florida to the broader influences of climate change.
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