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Natural disasters and extreme weather can happen without warning. And with the impacts of climate change, more Americans than ever are at risk. Weathered will highlight real stories from people affected by natural disasters across the country and explain how families and communities can be prepared.

The Rising Toll of Floods

10m 2s

Each year, flooding kills around 100 Americans and displaces some 75,000 from their homes. And as sea levels rise, storms dump more and more rain, and dams and levees continue aging and increasingly failing, the cost of flooding is increasing. So what do we do? Well, it’s not an easy question to answer. But there are many innovative solutions that communities are taking.

Episodes

  • The Rising Toll of Floods: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Rising Toll of Floods

    S1 E9 - 10m 2s

    Each year, flooding kills around 100 Americans and displaces some 75,000 from their homes. And as sea levels rise, storms dump more and more rain, and dams and levees continue aging and increasingly failing, the cost of flooding is increasing. So what do we do? Well, it’s not an easy question to answer. But there are many innovative solutions that communities are taking.

  • The Cascadia Earthquake: America’s Worst Disaster?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Cascadia Earthquake: America’s Worst Disaster?

    S1 E7 - 10m 43s

    The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a sleeping monster lurking just off the Northwest coast of the United States. It extends 600 miles between Northern California and Vancouver B.C. and experiences a massive megathrust earthquake every 250 years on average. The last one happened 321 years ago and scientists say there is a 30% chance we’ll see another in the next 50 years.

  • Disaster Preparedness 101: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Disaster Preparedness 101

    S1 E6 - 6m 6s

    What are the most important essentials you’ll need to comfortably survive a disaster? In this episode of Weathered, Maiya explains the basics of disaster prep and shows you what she keeps in her own go-bag and pantry. She also explains her thought process behind why she’s included each item to help you get started on your own path to preparation!

  • Why are Winters Worse if the Planet is Getting Warmer?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why are Winters Worse if the Planet is Getting Warmer?

    S1 E5 - 11m 10s

    Over the last decade, the American Northeast has seen more than a 200% increase in the frequency of large, disruptive snowstorms. This trend surprised nearly everybody, including many of the top experts, as they had been expecting a warming planet to translate into milder winters. But in many locations, we have seen just the opposite. So what’s going on here?

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    Catastrophic Landslide in California

    S1 E4 - 10m 22s

    Landslides occur in every US state, killing dozens and costing around $4 billion each year. One of the most devastating in US history struck on January 9, 2018 in the town of Montecito, CA. We traveled to Montecito to speak with experts and survivors about what they’ve learned following the tragedy as well as the lessons we can all apply to be more prepared for these common hazards.

  • The Worst Drought in 1200 Years: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Worst Drought in 1200 Years

    S1 E3 - 9m 56s

    The Colorado Basin provides water to over 40 million people in 7 US states and it is currently experiencing its worst drought in 1200 years! But unlike other droughts, our actions may have real impacts on the outcome and it’s very likely that we can make things better.

  • Can We Learn From 2020's Record-Breaking Hurricane Season?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Can We Learn From 2020's Record-Breaking Hurricane Season?

    S1 E2 - 9m 42s

    Hurricanes are the most powerful and destructive storms on the planet. And 2020 surpassed all expectations, becoming the most active hurricane season on record. Have you ever wondered how they form? Or how climate change is affecting them? And, what can we learn from a lab that creates hurricane-force wind and rain to test the strength of houses?

  • We Can't Stop Wildfires—But Here's How We Live With Them: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    We Can't Stop Wildfires—But Here's How We Live With Them

    S1 E1 - 10m 15s

    The 2020 fire season is devastating communities, forcing thousands to evacuate, and choking the air with smoke. In this episode of Weathered, scientists and Native leaders tell us what we can do to reduce the harm fires can cause through design, building materials, and listening to the land. We’ll even watch researchers burn a home in their lab to identify weak points and make them stronger.

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