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Wild Weather with Richard Hammond

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Richard Hammond travels the globe to discover the unexplained, the unexpected and the plain unlikely, in an attempt to reveal the hidden world of weather.

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About the series

Weather is one of the most awe inspiring forces on earth. It’s capable of both devastating power and spectacular beauty. Where ever you are on the planet, weather shapes your world. Yet how it works remains a mystery for most of us.

In this series Richard Hammond gets right in amid weather to discover the unexplained and the unexpected, the unbelievable and the just plain unlikely, in an attempt to reveal the hidden world of weather.

See behind the scenes footage and discover more about each programme in our episode guides

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We're delighted to announce that Wild Weather won the script award at the Wildscreen Panda Awards for 2016.

The programme was first broadcast from 1st December 2014. For further broadcast details, and to watch online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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The episodes

Temperature: The Driving Force

Richard sets off to find out about hot air with the help of a quarry and a massive hot plate discovers just why it is so hard to pull a sword out of snow. He discovers, by building his own massive dust storm with the help of a few friends and dust specialist Dr Nigel Tapper, just how sand from the Sahara bounces its way to the UK.

In Canada he creates his own ice storm. He also drops in on Dan Morgan who creates lightning bolts in his lab, where Richard is able to see thunder and hear lightning with the aid of some special cameras, light bulbs and a few candles.

How the episode was made

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Wind: The Invisible Force Richard Hammond investigates how wind actually starts. He visits one of the windiest places on the planet, walks into... Read more
Water: The Shape Shifter Richard Hammond investigates the crucial role water plays. Without water there would be almost no weather: no rain,... Read more
Temperature: The Driving Force Richard Hammond investigates the crucial role temperature plays in all weather. Without heat, there would be no... Read more