Hammond goes wild about the weather
Recently the BBC has launched their new series Wild Weather, presented by the well-known TV star Richard Hammond.
The first in the series was based on wind. But no mild wind, heap loads of ferocious hurricanes! The first stop for Richard on his journey was Mount Washington, a brutal and violent place for extreme weather, such as snow and ‘wild’ wind. He also ventured into the centre of a man-made tornado. Wow!
Not only does the series gives you an idea of how violent and unbelievable some weather conditions actually are, it also educates you and provides information about wind speeds and different types of wind.
As many of us know, Richard Hammond is a man of vehicles and also stars on the well-loved show, Top Gear. However, he is taking a short break to flourish his other great interest, the weather. Top Gear fans will, though, love the episode about air thermals, as it involves a massive hot plate and helicopters, albeit made of paper!
Reviews of the programme have, generally, been favourable, although the Guardian’s Andrew Anthony was a little unkind when he wrote: “I’m no petrol head, but I like a sports car as much as the next man. Take it away from Hammond and you’re just left with a small bloke in an anorak on top of a mountain in New England screaming about wind speed.”
Top Gear is one of the most successful BBC shows ever! Will Wild Weather be just as popular?
For more information about the series click here. (You can also catch up any programmes you’ve missed on BBC iPlayer.)
Hannah, Year 7
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford