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Series 1

Weather that Changed the World

  • Hindenburg

    How did wind and static electricity play a role in the Hindenburg disaster of 1937? Find out about this history-defining weather as dramatic reconstructions are employed.

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  • Pennsylvania's Fatal Smog

    History-defining weather events. Hear how freak smog in 1948 caused the worst air pollution disaster in US history, killing 20 locals in the town of Donora.

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  • Lost Legions

    How extreme weather shaped our continent, including the violent storms that killed a tenth of the Roman army in 9AD. Rome's defeat in Germania had a far-reaching effect.

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  • Titanic

    Did an unusual phenomenon prevent the Titanic's crew from seeing the iceberg that sank the doomed ship? The enlightening series asks if weather shaped this tragic accident.

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  • Washington

    Historians Ralph Eshelman and James Kochan reveal how a violent thunderstorm prevented the invading British from wreaking destruction on Washington DC in the War of 1812.

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  • Challenger

    The Challenger disaster of 1986 shocked the world. Space experts and meteorologists explain how cold weather led to a mechanical failure that caused seven tragic deaths.

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  • Vanishing Sun

    The eruption of Krakatoa in 536AD blocked out the sky. The Earth cooled, crops failed and the land flooded. Tune in to hear if this devastation could occur again today.

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  • Russia's Secret Weapon

    History-defining weather. Hear how the harsh Russian winter helped to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Army in 1812 and Adolf Hitler's troops in World War II.

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  • Maya Mega Drought

    History-defining weather. Did a catastrophic, 200-year drought cause the collapse of the great Maya civilisation? Experts investigate this astonishing theory today.

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