The Shum Show

During two of the years I worked at Climate Central, I wrote, produced, edited, (and absolutely loved making) a YouTube series, called the Shum Show. Between September 2015 and July 2017, the Shum Show was published (almost) every Friday. The purpose of the show was to give a brief overview of the national and international weather over the course of the week and to explain the connections between Earth’s changing climate system and what we experience in our daily weather.

Another reason for the show was to find a way to invite viewers who previously may have thought of climate change as a daunting topic to engage with it in a fun and positive way – to view it as a topic of interest. The impacts of climate change are serious and imminent, but often those qualities can deter us, instead of focusing our attention.

This show was an opportunity for me to put a new face on climate change by showcasing the fascinating aspects of our climate system, explaining the ways we know what we know about it, and celebrating the strategies we can employ that will mitigate the impacts.

What’s next for the Shum Show?

Instagram! Starting this autumn (2018), the Shum Show will continue – this time with a focus on what it’s like to try to understand the climate system as a student! Check it out: @shumshow

Below are a few selected episodes. To view more, check out this playlist on YouTube.


Dog days of summer

Published 08 July 2016

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us! As we move into July, the summer heat intensifies. But do you know why the "Dog Days" are called that? This week, let's take a fresh-out-out-of-the-oven look at what this time of year really means!


Battery Up!

Published 08 April 2016

Batteries, batteries, and more batteries! Climate change definitely presents a host of challenges, but it also opens doors to new ideas and technologies. One of the most powerful technologies that has emerged is the scalable energy storage. On April 1st, Tesla unveiled its first mass market sedan, the Model 3, marking a minor milestone on the road to clean energy on our highways.


shum’s chum: prof. stephen riser

On Location in the southern ocean

Published 03 January 2017

Shum Show Ahoy! Catch host Greta Shum on the deck of the N.B. Palmer as she talks with ocean scientist Steve Riser about his work investigating climate change and the Southern Ocean.