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Discovery Channel Asks Can We Control the Weather?

-- SUPERSTORM Rounds Out Three-Hour Event on Sunday, August 5 --

LOS ANGELES – Discovery Channel provides viewers with the latest information from the relatively unknown science of weather modification in a three-hour television event on Sunday, August 5, 2007, beginning with the premiere of CAN WE CONTROL THE WEATHER? at 8 PM (ET/PT) and the two-hour dramatic special SUPERSTORM at 9 PM (ET/PT). Can scientists alter the weather? Should scientists alter the weather? What are the implications for humans?  

“Such questions about the intersection of science, technology and society will continue to arise in the 21st century, and Discovery Channel is poised to be the only network investigating such topics on an in-depth level for viewers,” said Jane Root, president and general manager, Discovery Channel and The Science Channel.

When it comes to the often deadly, always destructive force of hurricanes, those are important questions to answer. Through interviews with leading meteorologists and atmospheric scientists, a unique examination of Hurricane Katrina and the Chernobyl disaster, and on-site reporting from hurricane-vulnerable locations, CAN WE CONTROL THE WEATHER? host Josh Bernstein brings viewers inside this significant weather debate to help separate science fact from science fiction.

Following CAN WE CONTROL THE WEATHER?, the factually based drama SUPERSTORM immerses viewers in a fictional account of a modern-day weather experiment. A team of top scientists attempts to divert a large hurricane threatening using a man-made weather system. However, the system needed to create such a diversion will cause devastating flooding in other areas of the United States

At the final hour the scientists forgo their plan. But the U.S. government seizes control in an attempt to divert the hurricane from Miami. The Category 5 storm merges with another weather system and heads on an unforeseen path toward New York City. Now, the team must conduct a further experiment to help save lives by diverting the system from a direct hit on America’s most populous city.

CAN WE CONTROL THE WEATHER? and SUPERSTORM are produced for Discovery Channel by the BBC. Michael Mosley is the executive producer for the BBC. Jack Smith is the executive producer for Discovery Channel on SUPERSTORM and Hannah Beckerman is executive producer for Discovery Channel on CAN WE CONTROL THE WEATHER?

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