U.S. network The Weather Channel (TWC) has greenlit Hurricane Hunters, a character-driven documentary series looking at pilots who fly planes into hurricanes to gather meteorological data from the eye of the storm.
The 4 x 30-minute series is produced by High Noon Entertainment and will premiere in July. It follows the Air Force’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based in Biloxi, Mississippi, whose mission is to fly planes into hurricanes in a bid to gather data and better understand them.
“The appeal of shows like this for The Weather Channel is that these are real people and the type of work they do helps safeguard people and potentially saves lives,” said Bob Walker, The Weather Channel’s exec VP and general manager of networks and content.
“Few people can imagine what it would be like to travel into the eye of a hurricane – and these men and women volunteer to do it. Hurricane Hunters offers viewers a rare inside look at an extraordinary group of people and the work they do in perilous weather conditions.”
The series is produced by Christian D’Andrea, Aleco Bravo and Rich Battista, and joins TWC’s growing stable of longform original content, which includes its most recent additions Twist of Fate, Storm Riders and Coast Guard Alaska, as well as upcoming series Lifeguard! and anthology strand ‘Braving the Elements,’ both of which will premiere in March.
The ‘Braving the Elements’ anthology will feature multiple miniseries, each comprised of four 30-minute episodes. Lights Out follows crews who are the first ones on the scene to restore power during inclement – and often severe – weather; while Turbine Cowboys features the men and women who brave extreme heights and every conceivable weather condition to work on wind turbines.
Also featured in the anthology is Iron Men (working title), which profiles the iron workers who spend their days hundreds of feet above New York City, sometimes without a harness. Additional titles in the anthology will be added throughout the year.