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Wild Weather

Mechanical engineering and technology students Craig Zehrung and Jim Stratton prepare to fire a supersonic, air-powered cannon that can shoot hail stones up to speeds of 919 miles per hour. At Purdue University in Indiana, USA.
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Mechanical engineering and technology students Craig Zehrung and Jim Stratton prepare to fire a supersonic, air-powered cannon that can shoot hail stones up to speeds of 919 miles per hour. At Purdue University in Indiana, USA.

Airs Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Watch a series of brave, ambitious (even unlikely) experiments that illustrate how weather works.

The best way to truly understand weather is to get inside it. "Wild Weather" is an awe-inspiring one-hour documentary that takes viewers into the eye of the storm with revealing and ambitious experiments that show weather as it’s never been seen before.

The film introduces a global group of experts who risk their lives to demonstrate the power of wind, water and temperature — taking these simple “ingredients” and transforming them into something spectacular and powerful for everyone to understand.

Among the team’s meteorological miracles: recreating a desert dust storm and a dangerous fire whirl; firing a probe into the center of a tornado; creating visual representations of thunder’s destructive power; and triggering a fast-moving avalanche that uncovers secrets about the powder cloud’s acceleration.

"Wild Weather" will forever change the way viewers think about the elements.

Produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios.