Shot in location in Anchorage, Santa Monica, Miami, New York City, Houston, and Ontario, Canada, Telemundo stations’ first-ever weather documentary delivers a scientific presentation about the effects of climate change in communities
MIRAMAR, FL – (April 16, 2020) – CLIMATE CHANGE / CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO, a new, 30-minute Spanish-language TV special produced by Telemundo 39 / KXTX will air across Telemundo owned and affiliate stations on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 (check your local listings). Hosted by AMS and Certified Broadcast Chief Meteorologist Néstor Flecha (KXTX), and featuring Telemundo station Meteorologists Michelle Trujillo (KVEA), Ariel Rodriguez (WSCV), Pedro Montoro (WNJU), and Carlos Robles (KTMD), Flecha takes audiences across various cities to chronicle how climate changes are affecting local ecosystems and industries, and causing local communities to experience intense weather patterns. Click here to watch a promo.
Featuring interviews with scientists and experts, Telemundo stations’ CLIMATE CHANGE documentary also features Telemundo stations’ first-ever use of augmented reality technology for a TV documentary. A digital version of the special will be available across Telemundo owned station websites and apps on April 22.
Telemundo owned stations KXTX, KVEA, WSCV, WNJU and KTMD are part of the Telemundo Station Group and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal that includes 42 NBC/Telemundo owned stations. The Owned Stations division is home to nearly 100 meteorologists and weather anchors, including bilingual meteorologists. The division also owns the largest private network of weather radars in the country; the fourth-largest weather radar network in the U.S. The group’s exclusive weather radars deliver real-time weather information to local audiences across multiple digital platforms including the stations’ individual mobile apps.
Documentary Content by City
The documentary kicks off in Alaska’s Matanuska Glacier, where KXTX Chief Meteorologist Néstor Flecha explains how warming trends have accelerated the melting of the glacier, and the risks associated to this fresh water source for approximately 200-700 millions of people. Expert commentary contributed by glaciologist Dr. Sarah Kopczynski.
Santa Monica, CA
From Alaska, Flecha takes audiences to Southern California and is joined by Telemundo 52 Meteorologist Michelle Trujillo and Linda Escalante, Legislative Director for Natural Resources Defense Council, to take a deeper look into the potential causes around the frequency of California’s wild fires.
In California’s Central Valley, an area that produces 90% of all fruits and vegetables in the country, meteorologist Flecha speaks with a farm owner and Dr. Tapan B. Pathak, a specialist in climate adaptation in agriculture, about the long-term impacts that droughts may have on U.S. food prices and the state’s agricultural industry.
Flecha teams up with Telemundo 51 Meteorologist Ariel Rodriguez and Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides, an expert in marine biology at the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University; Dr. Henry Briceño, research professor for the Southeast Environmental Research Center at the Institute of Water and Environment at Florida International University; Amy Clements, research professor at the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, and Dr. Christopher W. Landsea of the National Hurricane Center, to discuss how climate change is affecting rising sea levels in South Florida, among other topics.
New York City
Joined by Telemundo 47 New York meteorologist Pedro Montoro, both Flecha and Montoro explain how global warming is increasing the intensity of winter snow storms and coastal flooding in the New York tri-state area.
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Flecha takes audiences to Niagara Falls to discuss how climate change is resulting in erosion in communities that surround the Great Lakes, and a spike in lake temperatures.
Flecha is joined by Carlos Robles, meteorologist for Telemundo Houston to talk about the significant increase in the intensity and frequency of severe flooding that Houstonians have experienced in the past six years.
About Telemundo Station Group
Telemundo Station Group, part of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, is comprised of 30 local television stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Producing and broadcasting more than 15,000 hours of unique and relevant local content each year, including award-winning news, public affairs, and entertainment programming, Telemundo Station Group serves Spanish-speaking viewers in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, San Antonio, San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, Harlingen, Sacramento, Orlando, Fresno, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Diego, Tampa, Denver, El Paso, Boston, Las Vegas, Tucson, Hartford, Salt Lake City, Fort Myers-Naples, Springfield, Richmond and Puerto Rico. In addition, Telemundo Station Group operates TeleXitos, a national multicast network that offers viewers popular action and adventure television series and feature films in Spanish. The group also provides support to 50 Telemundo affiliates across the country and manages dedicated local websites and applications, as well as a robust digital out-of-home operation.