Season 1

1 :01x01 - Crash of the Hindenburg (Pilot)

The golden age of airship travel comes to an end. During a landing in severe thunderstorms at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, the Hindenburg bursts into flames and crashes. The tragedy brought an end to the popularity of Zeppelin airship travel and the common use of hydrogen as fuel. Hydrogen is now making a comeback as a component for cell phone towers, forklifts and even aircraft tugs.

Source: Yesterday

2 :01x02 - Thunderstorm that Saved D.C.

During the War of 1812 British troops occupy Washington DC after defeating an American army on the outskirts of the capitol. As night falls the invading troops destroy the seat of American Government. The Capitol, Treasury and White House are all set alight. But the occupation is short-lived. The following day a violent thunderstorm hits the city. It spawns a deadly tornado that destroys buildings spared by the British. But the storm also helps save the city; it prevents British troops from wreaking further havoc and the accompanying torrential rain helps douse the flames. Thirty British troops are killed in the storm and once the storm has passed the British quietly retreat from the city. Washington is saved by its weather. Historians Dr Ralph Eshelman and James Kochan recount the event and Meteorologist Eric Fisher demonstrates the awesome power of a tornado using an air cannon and high speed video.

Source: Yesterday

3 :01x03 - Pennsylvania's Fatal Smog

Pennsylvania’s Killer Smog tells the story of a freak weather event that caused the worst air pollution disaster in US history, gripping the small, industrial town of Donora in its clutches for five long days in 1948. By the time the smog lifted twenty of the town were dead. Four years later a similar event occurred in London, England that killed thousands. The double tragedy radically altered the way we interact with our environment. The documentary brings the tragic events to life and unpicks the science behind them through interviews with experts and survivors, gripping archive footage, lively science demonstrations and dramatic reconstruction.

Source: Weather Channel

4 :01x04 - Sinking of the Titanic

The ocean liner Titanic collides with an iceberg and sinks two and a half miles down into the North Atlantic Ocean.

Source: Yesterday

5 :01x05 - Russia's Secret Weapon

The role Russian winter played in destroying Napoleon Bonaparte's 'Grand Army' in 1812, the legacy of which ultimately cost him his empire.

Source: Weather Channel

6 :01x06 - Challenger Disaster

January 28th, 1986. The space shuttle Challenger explodes just 73 seconds after launch. Burning debris rains 7 miles down from the skies. The entire crew perishes – amongst them teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was to become the first true civilian in space. And when disaster teams recover the wreckage, analysis shows that out of more than 2 million components in the shuttle, one small part failed -a rubberized ring just a quarter inch thick, on one of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters. It's a flaw in the shuttle's complex engineering... But the reason it the weather. Former Director of Shuttle Programming Bob Sieck recounts his experiences on that fatal day and Meteorologist Dr Jon Nese explains how cold weather caused the rubberized ring to fail.

Source: Weather Channel

7 :01x07 - Vanishing Sun

The sun went dark for a year and a half, causing crops to fail and bringing a plague that killed one third of the population of the Roman Empire.

Source: Weather Channel

8 :01x08 - Lost Legions of Rome

In the year 9AD three legions of the highly trained and well-armed Roman troops were slaughtered in the Teutoburg Forest, North East Germany. Their enemy, treachery from within and a rough coalition of Germanic tribesmen who’s knowledge of the landscape and the weather that dominates it enabled them to throw off the threat of being engulfed by the empire. More importantly, this humiliating defeat led to the abandonment of all Roman expansion into Germania Magna.

Source: Weather Channel

9 :01x09 - Mayan Mega Drought

Ancient Maya was destroyed by forces that remained a mystery for centuries.

Source: Weather Channel
Classification: Documentary
Genre: Action | Drama | Educational | Family
Status: New Series
Network: Weather Channel ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: June 09, 2013
Episode Order: 9
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