Watch the trailer below and sign up to host a screening


Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Withering heat. Extreme rainfall. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather, and many scientists agree. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—changing, becoming hotter and more erratic.

In this 2-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the confusion around climate change. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and that human activity is causing it? How and when will it affect us through the weather we experience? And what will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes?

Join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change.


Aired April 18, 2018 at 8 pm EST on PBS.



Interested in bringing a screening of Decoding the Weather Machine to your community?

NOVA will provide your school or organization with a free DVD of Decoding the Weather Machine and a screening guide for planning your event every step of the way, from advertising to execution. 


If you are interested in screening the film at your school or organization, please sign up below.


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Looking for a screening near you? We will be updating this site with the dates and locations for confirmed screenings around the country.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County | 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604

Join us in the Kate Gleason Auditorum for a screening of the full two-hour film followed by a community discussion. 


1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Lake County Public Library-- Merrillville Branch | 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410

Join us for a 2-hour screening of NOVA's Decoding the Weather Machine


1:00 p.m. | Zelienople Area Public Library | 227 South High Street, Zelienople, PA 16063

Join us for a screening of the film with a community discussion and science activity. 


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | SPUR Urban Center | 654 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

Join NOVA and SPUR for a screening of Decoding the Weather Machine and a panel discussion about the impacts of climate change on San Francisco. The evening's panelists include:

Brenden McEneaney, Principal, Urban Innovation at Integral Group 

Elizabeth Bagley, Environmental Sustainability Education and Engagement Manager at Cal Academy of Sciences

  Tyrone Jue, Senior Adviser on the Environment, Office of Mayor London Breed

Doug Hamilton, writer, director, and producer of Decoding the Weather Machine

The panel will be moderated by Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director at SPUR.

Sign up for tickets here


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Chillicothe Public Library | 420 N. Bradley Ave. Chillicothe, IL 61523

A screening of the full 2-hour film


Saturday, September 15, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library | 211 N First Ave, Alpena, MI 49707

A screening of the full 2-hour film.


2:00 p.m. | Molalla Public Library | 201 East 5th Street, Molalla, OR 97038

A screening of the full 2-hour film.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

2:00 p.m. | BCLS: Westampton Branch | 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, NJ 08060


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus, Multipurpose Room #401 | 627 SW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33135

Join NOVA, Dream in Green, and the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College for a screening of Decoding the Weather Machine and a panel discussion about the impacts of climate change on Miami. The evening's panelists include: 

Nancy Metayer, Climate Justice Program Manager at The New Majority Florida

Rene Revuelta, professor at Miami Dade College

Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, Office of Resilience and Sustainability

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

6:30 p.m. | Highland Park Public Library | 31 N 5th Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904

Highland Park Library will be hosting a viewing party of NOVA's Decoding the Weather Machine


Thursday, October 11, 2018

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Rockwall County Library | 1215 Yellowjacket Lane, Rockwall, TX 75087


Monday, October 22, 2018

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Cook Library at the University of Southern Mississippi | 118 College Drive #5053, Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Join Cook Library and the Office of Sustainability for an evening featuring clips from the new NOVA film, Decoding the Weather Machine, followed by a panel discussion on weather and climate change by professors of geography and geology: Dr. Tommy Patterson & Dr. Mark Puckett. 

During the Science Café events at Cook Library, faculty and graduate students from The University of Southern Mississippi, as well as local professionals and experts, share their perspectives and allow participants to get to know the face behind the science in a relaxed and informal setting. Science Cafés are free and open to the public. No science background is assumed or required. For more information, contact Tracy Englert, Science, Nursing, and Health Librarian, at 601.266.6396 or Also check out the University Libraries website at



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Major funding for this program is provided by the Ives Family Fund and The Kendeda Fund.

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National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.


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