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America’s West is under assault - from Mother Nature. The number of large, destructive wildfires continues to rise. Unusual weather patterns are arising for the first time in decades. Shorter winters, shrinking snow pack and human water demand are leading to historically low reservoir levels. Weather anomalies are becoming the norm. The reasons why the climate is changing is a constant source of debate. In this podcast, however, journalists across four western states go beyond the partisan politics and explore the real-time impacts of these changing weather patterns.

America’s West is under assault - from Mother Nature. The number of large, destructive wildfires continues to rise. Unusual weather patterns are arising for the first time in decades. Shorter winters, shrinking snow pack and human water demand are leading to historically low reservoir levels. Weather anomalies are becoming the norm. The reasons why the climate is changing is a constant source of debate. In this podcast, however, journalists across four western states go beyond the partisan politics and explore the real-time impacts of these changing weather patterns.
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America’s West is under assault - from Mother Nature. The number of large, destructive wildfires continues to rise. Unusual weather patterns are arising for the first time in decades. Shorter winters, shrinking snow pack and human water demand are leading to historically low reservoir levels. Weather anomalies are becoming the norm. The reasons why the climate is changing is a constant source of debate. In this podcast, however, journalists across four western states go beyond the partisan politics and explore the real-time impacts of these changing weather patterns.

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English

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801-891-2571


Episodes

S E7: Climate Change and the 2020 Campaign

3/11/2019
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Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee is on the campaign trail outside of Los Angeles touring land damaged by last year's Woolsey Fire. The fire killed three people, damaged more than 1,600 buildings and forced the evacuation of more than 290,000. Q13 News correspondent Brandi Kruse was on the ground with the Washington governor, and talked one-on-one about his plan to bring climate change to the forefront of the 2020 race.

Duration:00:05:18

S E6: Avalanches: Danger in the High Country

3/6/2019
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In March of 2019 -- several major avalanches happened in the Colorado High Country. A natural slide closed I-70 for the first time in many years. Another -- triggered by CDOT -- also closed the highway for a few hours. Fox31's Kirk Yuhnke and KWGN meteorologist and outdoor enthusiast Chris Tomer examine the real-life danger of avalanches, what triggers, them, and how to avoid avalanche-prone areas.

Duration:00:08:24

S E5: What's Killing the Great Salt Lake?

3/1/2019
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Dwindling snow pack and human water consumption are threatening the future of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, with far-reaching effects for the Western United States. KSTU-TV News anchor Max Roth explores the challenges and solutions to saving America's "Dead Sea" with Dr. McKenzie Skiles, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Utah.

Duration:00:29:05

S E4: Rocky Mountain Dry

3/1/2019
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High up in the Cascades, the Sierras, and the Rocky Mountains – the life blood for the winter season is the snow. Nothing makes skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers happier than a foot of fresh powder. For ski resorts, all that white, turns to green. And when there’s not enough of it – they’re in the red. But, the real impact of a light snow pack is really felt months later in the summer. Dry conditions can leave the earth ready to burn come summer. Homes and lives are sometimes quickly...

Duration:00:09:51

S E3: Seattle Snowmaggedon

3/1/2019
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For the first time in over 50 years, Seattle experienced a snow storm that brought life in the Emerald City to a screeching halt. While drizzly rain is the norm, snow is not and the city shut down for days. In this episode, we explore the historic and unusual meteorological and climate patterns that lead to Seattle’s Snowmaggedon of February 2019.

Duration:00:11:56

S E2: Paradise Lost: California's Deadliest Wildfire

3/1/2019
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The Camp Fire of November 2018 was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, to date. It killed dozens of people, destroyed thousands of buildings and nearly razed the entire town of Paradise. In this first episode of FIRE and ICE, we hear from firefighters who came face to face with this inferno and how they helped shelter those who were in danger, trying to escape the flames. We explore the lessons learned and some of the questions surrounding this historic...

Duration:00:19:28

S E1: Introduction

2/18/2019
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The Fire & Ice series explores the natural and human factors that are causing increasingly extreme weather events in the Western United States.

Duration:00:01:26