Wild Weather

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Nature Documentary hosted by Donal MacIntyre and published by BBC in 2002 - English narration

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Wild Weather is a major BBC documentary exploring the extremes of the world's climate with the engaging presenter Donal MacIntyre. The four one-hour programmes focus on wind, wet, cold and heat, and explore how these produce hurricanes, monsoons, ice storms and tornadoes, as well as regulate the global environment. MacIntyre, best known for his investigative series MacIntyre Undercover (1999), travels the world, from beneath the North Pole to the saturated humidity of the Belise tropical rainforest. Bringing to mind the daredevil John Noakes from 1970s Blue Peter, MacIntyre skydives, is battered by a wild tunnel, frozen in an ice-box, subjected to a reservoir flood and endures a marathon across the Sahara. Survivors' accounts tell the stories of such disasters as Hurricane Andrew, a New York state snow storm and the flood of Britain's eastern coast in 1953. The intelligent use of computer graphics enhances clear explanations of the jet stream, ocean currents and other phenomena, in a series which is part geography lesson (but with a great teacher), part reality TV entertainment show.

Episodes are: 'Wind', 'Wet', 'Cold' and 'Heat'.

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In the first programme, WIND, Donal explores the journey the winds take from their birth at the equator where he finds himself adrift in the doldrums to the North pole where he witnesses arguably the most beautiful vision on earth, a space rainbow, better known as Aurora Borealis. Along the way he revisits the devastating events that were unleashed by Hurricane Andrew in the USA and finds out how the fastest wind on earth, the jet stream, was put to deadly use by the Japanese in the Second World War. We will see how the wind can turn from the cooling breeze of a summer day to a devastating tornado and how a wind from space can literally flatten the planet.

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The second in the theme is WET and Donal takes a ride with the rains from the wettest place in Europe, the little known Norwegian town of Bergen where it rains 265 days of the year, and onto the wettest place in the world - India, where 25 billion tons of water falls each day during the monsoon period. He follows the route of the Thermohaline Conveyor, which leads to the warm seas of the Caribbean and the awesome power of floods. The devastating effects were seen in Honduras in 1998, where 75 inches of rain fell in a week. In Texas the opposite is true, there is no rain, which is why local farmers are hoping to find a solution by exploring ways of manufacturing rain!

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In a stunning series from BBC Science, Donal MacIntyre is blasted, roasted, frozen and soaked on an epic journey to experience and understand the wildest weather the planet can throw at him

In programme three, COLD, Donal experiences life at the extremes of cold, from ice storms to avalanches, frostbite to heart attacks ? cold is a killer. His first stop is Greenland to the home of the Inuit to see how they survive temperatures of minus 40 and spends 24 hours with the Sirius sledge patrol who live for three months in this harsh environment. Donal is tested to see the effect extreme cold has on the body and meets two men who survived wild weather conditions in New York, when winds reached up to 145 mph in a freak storm. At Mount Washington he experiences the extremes of winter weather while exploring the hidden danger locked into ice and snow and talks to the survivors of Canada?s worst weather crisis, the ice storm of 1998.

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In a stunning series from BBC Science, Donal MacIntyre is blasted, roasted, frozen and soaked on an epic journey to experience and understand the wildest weather the planet can throw at him. In Wild Weather, the tough man of journalism meets his match in a new series exploring how the world?s weather works and what it is that drives it.

Finally, in the last programme, HEAT, Donal traces the arrival of summer from the extremes of heat in the desert to the idea of a perfect summer in the temperate climates of the north. He visits the jungles of the Belize where the sun?s energy is most intense and where the weather is both wet and hot. Fortunately this weather is rare but in 1995 Chicago experienced a heat wave which killed 165 people. Heading for the desert he attempts The Marathon des Sables an exhausting and dangerous seven-day test of ability to see what effect dry heat has on the weather, from mirages to the deadly desert sandstorm that is the haboob. Finally Donal explores the energy behind lightening before getting first hand experience of being struck by it.

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Video Codec: DivX 5.02
Video Bitrate: ~1472 kb/s
Video Resolution: 704x400
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.76:1 (44:25)
Audio Codec: AC3 (0x2000) Dolby
Audio BitRate: 192 kb/s
Audio Channels: 96/ch, stereo
RunTime Per Part: ~58 min.
Number Of Parts: 4
Part Size: ~698mb
Originally Ripped By: DarkRain for MVGroup

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