Storm Rid­ers

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 10pm, A&E They track the mean­est, dead­li­est storms on earth, in­clud­ing tor­na­does, hur­ri­canes and ice storms, says the earnest voiceover at the be­gin­ning of this pro­gram, which un­for­tu­nately has noth­ing what­so­ever to do with the Doors. I’m guess­ing the prac­tice isn’t that deadly be­cause storm chaser Simon Brewer has been do­ing it for more than a decade. He has wit­nessed hun­dreds of tor­na­does, eight hur­ri­canes, two trop­i­cal storms, thou­sands of su­per­cells and sev­eral par­tridges in pear trees. He and me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal pal Jus­ton Drake are de­scribed as hard­core me­te­o­rol­o­gists (isn’t that a bit like be­ing a hard­core ac­coun­tant?) who don’t rely on hi-tech gad­gets, just a (mo­bile) phone and a map. Ah, but they may as well try and catch the wind, as Dono­van Leitch used to sing.

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