Science Of The Storm [5 Live]



Simon King explores the advances in hurricane science.

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast of America.

In 2017, hurricanes again had a major impact on the United States and the Caribbean islands with 3 major hurricanes: Harvey, Irma, and Maria, causing loss of life and millions of dollars of damage across the region.

In this programme, recorded ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Simon King travellled to Miami, the city leading worldwide hurricane research, and explores the advances in hurricane science, how storms are predicted and what is being done to limit their impact.

He visits the International Hurricane Research Centre to find out how science is shaping our knowledge of this extreme weather and we meet the men and women of the of the Hurricane Hunters who fly into storms and hear how forecasters gather data to predict the path of hurricanes.

Simon also talks to those who live their lives in fear of hurricanes and discovers what it's like to experience a killer storm.