Program Alert – November 15, 2007
Wicked Weather Week Profiles Natural Disasters and Weather Phenomena and Features New Episodes of Angry Planet, November 25 – 28 on OLN
The devastating effects of wild weather are apparent across the planet. Whether caused by climate change or the result of natural occurrences, environmental changes are resulting in increasingly bizarre and violent weather around the world. Beginning Sun., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, OLN examines these ecological changes in a new programming marathon – Wicked Weather Week. Featuring new episodes of original Canadian series Angry Planet, Wicked Weather Week showcases various meteorological and environmental phenomena and the effects they have on the communities who experience them first-hand.
Headlining the marathon are new episodes of Angry Planet. Hosted by intrepid stormchaser George Kourounis, who dangerously ventures to the heart of destructive storms, each episode of the series goes inside ferocious hurricanes and tornadoes, volcanoes spitting molten lava, floods from melting glaciers and raging forest fires. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the adventures and misadventures of Kourounis as he explores the world’s wildest weather and the continuing disintegration of the environment. Among some of the more eventful incidents of the seven new episodes is Kourounis’ own wedding on the lip of an exploding South Pacific volcano! Produced by Peter Rowe Productions, new episodes of this hit series continue Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT.
But first, a group of specials focusing on natural weather phenomena – from earthquakes to melting glaciers – kicks off this marathon. Highlights from the Wicked Weather Week include:
Meltdown: In the Shadow of Nepal’s Lost Glaciers
Sun., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
This one-hour special follows a United Nations-led expedition to look at the escalating glacial melt that is starting to consume Nepal’s high mountains. Like the polar regions, mountain ranges provide the first indicators of global warming and in the Himalayas temperatures are starting to skyrocket. The implications of the climate change in the region are staggering. This special ventures into the area to look at evidence of recent floods, including a stop at a dammed lake the experts believe might soon release 30 million tons of water onto the 7,000 Nepalis who live below it. Featuring dramatic scenery and a glimpse into the threatened region, watch as leading experts including a Nepali environmentalist, a United Nations official, glaciologists, global warming experts, a Buddhist monk and local witnesses to disasters weigh in on the looming threat of glacial meltdowns in Nepal.
Mon., Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Travel with a group of people who spend all their time searching for events that most individuals hope to avoid – hurricanes, monsoons and tornadoes. Featuring some of the most exciting meteorological occurrences, this one-hour special provides a behind-the-scenes look at weather enthusiasts who venture into the heart of each storm for the thrill of learning more about them. Watch as these stormchasers track extreme weather conditions to help understand how such events develop and how experts can better predict them in the future.
Tues., Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
This one-hour special illustrates how landslides and avalanches strike with little warning, demonstrating the limited protection we have over natural environmental and weather occurrences. Despite all the technology of the 20th century, the power of nature often takes people by surprise. This is especially the case with landslides and avalanches. Listen to some of the incredible survival stories of people who were buried alive in devastating avalanches that occurred high in the mountains of France, Switzerland and Italy. Then, learn some of the ways scientists are trying to fight avalanches including building snow-slowing fences, adding steel shutters to houses and placing snow sheds over critical roads in the path of potential disasters. Next, travel to California, one of the regions most vulnerable to devastating landslides due to its climate and geology. An unexpected downpour can turn the land into a raging river of mud or a flood of debris that has the power to devastate everything in its path. Join geologist and engineer John Duffy from California’s Department of Transportation Works as he sheds light on ways to control landslides and the effect they can have on threatened communities.
Anatomy of an Earthquake
Wed., Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Based on the latest super-computer scenarios, follow a potential earthquake moment-by-moment as it unleashes its phenomenal power on southern California. Using state-of-the-art CGI, this special breaks down the path of an earthquake’s destruction, component by component. Zero in on the latest cutting-edge technology and the methods being developed to protect infrastructure in the region. Find out how structural engineers have retrofitted some of Los Angeles’ landmarks with high tech base isolators designed to absorb shock waves and steel coupled girders that can literally pull a building back together. With new evidence indicating that the much feared San Andreas Fault may not cause “the big one” as experts once predicted, learn what scientists believe may be posing an even greater threat to California then ever before – a hidden fault below the heart of Los Angeles known as Puente Hills. This compelling one-hour special investigates this fault line, tracking it relative to the downtown core. Watch as CGI illustrates the results of a hypothetical earthquake with the epicentre in the heart of the Los Angeles. Will the city that fears “the big one” be able to withstand “the bigger one?”
Angry Planet – “Blizzard”
Wed., Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Mount Washington, New Hampshire, holds the dubious honour of being home to the some of the world’s worst weather. The highest wind speed ever recorded at the Earth’s surface – 372 kilometres per hour – was noted at its mountaintop observatory. To prepare for a mid-winter climb to the summit, Angry Planet host George Kourounis becomes a “human popsicle,” encasing himself in ice at the National Research Council’s high-speed wind tunnel. Then, after completing the necessary preparation, watch as Kourounis and fellow stormchaser Mark Robinson climb to the top of the mountain in mid-January and brave their way into a summit blizzard.
Angry Planet – “Wild Water”
Wed., Nov. 28 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
In this episode, witness Angry Planet host George Kourounis head expeditions into three different bodies of wild water. First, Kourounis travels to Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico to dive with five-metre great white sharks. Then, after swimming with these fish, watch as he kayaks into a flooded Northern Ontario cave in the middle of winter. Topping up that trip is a wild jet boat ride on the Niagara River – the site of one of the world’s biggest Class V white water rapids.
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