Richard Mabey tells the story of a lifetime of weather in five blasts.
When Hurricane Sandy's siege of New York in the autumn of 2012 was promptly followed by wave upon wave of marauding floods in Britain, the closing act in a year of numbing gloom and damp, the idea of 'global warming' began to sound a rather black joke. Ten years ago, some optimists were relishing the prospects of olive groves on the South Downs. Now it looks as if we may be heading full steam for the condition of Newfoundland.
Producer: Tim Dee.