Global Weirding

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Horizon, 2011-2012 Episode 12 of 15

Duration: 59 minutes

Something weird seems to be happening to our weather - it appears to be getting more extreme.

In the past few years we have shivered through two record-breaking cold winters and parts of the country have experienced intense droughts and torrential floods. It is a pattern that appears to be playing out across the globe. Hurricane chasers are recording bigger storms and in Texas, record-breaking rain has been followed by record-breaking drought.

Horizon follows the scientists who are trying to understand what's been happening to our weather and investigates if these extremes are a taste of what is to come.

  • Professor Mike Lockwood

    Professor Mike Lockwood

    Professor Mike Lockwood next to the 28-inch refracting telescope at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

  • Reporter, Ron Roberts

    Reporter, Ron Roberts

    Ron Roberts in the Weather Lab at KAMC. Ron reported on the severe drought in Texas during 2011.

  • Scientist, Katharine Hayhoe

    Scientist, Katharine Hayhoe

    Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.

  • Hurricane Chaser, Jason Dunion

    Hurricane Chaser, Jason Dunion

    Jason Dunion outside the aircraft hangar of the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, home of the hurricane hunter aircraft.

    Video: Hurricane Chasers
  • Professor Kerry Emanuel

    Professor Kerry Emanuel

    Professor Kerry Emanuel, who specialises in hurricanes, braces against the wind on Crane Beach, MA, on the North Atlantic coast.

  • Cotton Farmer, Matt Farmer

    Cotton Farmer, Matt Farmer

    Cotton farmer Matt Farmer on his land in Lamesa, TX.

  • Adam Scaife, UK Met Office

    Adam Scaife, UK Met Office

    Adam Scaife, Head of Seasonal to Decadal Prediction at the UK Met Office, visits the field observatory.

  • Forecaster, Helen Chivers

    Forecaster, Helen Chivers

    Forecaster Helen Chivers visits the Met Office supercomputer.

  • Violinist, Tamsin Waley Cohen

    Violinist, Tamsin Waley Cohen

    Tamsin Waley Cohen plays a Stradivarius violin.

    Video: What can a Stradivarius violin tell us about the climate?

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