Anatomy of Disaster - Season 1 Episode 2 - Superstorms
Uploader: Anatomy of Disaster
Original upload date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT
Archive date: Fri, 03 Dec 2021 01:08:06 GMT
Towering thunderclouds over the open plains are a godsend when they spill rain onto parched crops, but a nightmare when they spawn killer tornadoes, lightning, hail and plane-downing microbursts. SupeShow more
rstorms tells of close encounters with weather's most violent special effects and explains the inner-workings of supercell storm phenomena, which are as magnificent as they are terrifying. -A mile-wide twister chews the scenery across the Texas landscape. An armada of scientists races after it. After two seasons of chasing whopper tornadoes, scientists capture a twister's birth for the first time and discover its inner workings! -Hail is called "the white plague" by farmers who lose entire crops to its flattening force, which can injure, and even kill. We'll visit Denver, Colorado, during a disastrous thunderstorm that leaves 60 people injured and watch scientists measure the tremendous force of falling hail. -One lightning strike may not seem like a disaster, but lightning kills more people in the U.S. in a single year than tornadoes and hurricanes combined. We'll meet lightning survivors and learn of new research into the medical maladies caused by close encounters with high-voltage death. -"I see lightning straight ahead of us. We're losing airspeed!" The last thing these pilots heard while landing in a thunderstorm was the altitude alarm. They'd flown into a deadly microburst. Their tragic crash galvanizes efforts to create technology for microburst detection that may prevent future air disasters.