Worst Weather – Lightning

Dr Nick Middleton of Oxford University investigates some of Britain’s most extreme weather conditions, to find out how they are caused, and why they are so dangerous.

This programme looks at perhaps the most mysterious and spectacular weather phenomenon: lightning. Dr Middleton investigates how the raw electric power of lightning is created, and the dire consequences that occur if we are unlucky enough to find ourselves in the path of a lightning bolt. Why are some buildings set alight by lightning when others remain untouched? How is it that planes can fly into thunder and lightning storms, and still remain safe?

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