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Wild Weather with Richard Hammond

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

Water: The Shape Shifter

Richard Hammond investigates the crucial role water plays. Without water there would be almost no weather: no rain, no snow, no hail, no clouds. So Richard goes in pursuit of water in all its forms. He tries toweigh a cloud, finds out how rain could crush a car, and gets involved in starting an avalanche.

Along the way, he tries to find out why clouds float by building his own cloud with the aid of a cattle trough, some humidifiers and atmospheric scientist Dr Jim McQuaid. But will their cloud float in the air like a real cloud?

He also drops in on renowned hail scientist Charles Knight in his lab in Boulder, Colorado, to discover that there is far more to hail than meets the eye. In a scientific first, and with the help of Jim Stratton and Craig Zehrung from Purdue University, Richard sets about firing ice and hail at a board to find out which does the most damage.

Finally, in conjunction with the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos, Richard joins Walter Steinkogler as he starts an avalanche in an attempt to find out how something as delicate and fragile as a snowflake can travel at extraordinary speeds of up to 250mph on the ground.

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