Weather Bombs are the latest deadly force of nature to be reckoned with. So violent they need specially trained team of Coast Guard experts to deal with them!
What do you get when a wayward tropical storm happens to meet a stalled low-pressure ridge over the north Pacific? The answer is a compressed pocket of raw power — a weather bomb. With hurricane force winds and seas boiling to 30-metre swells, these instant storms are becoming an increasingly common feature of winter weather off the unsheltered coast of Vancouver Island.
With a web of high tech sensing equipment, marine forecasters like Environment Canada scientist Owen Lange are honing their detective skills to find out what makes this bomb tick. Specially-trained Coast Guard teams are left to deal with the aftermath. Weather bombs, at their worst, have crushed fishing vessels caught like sitting ducks in their sudden, old-testament fury, their rogue waves have plucked the unsuspecting right off terra firma.
But despite their devilish reputation, weather bombs have also found a fan base. Instead of the coast's inhabitants shuttering up against the storm, they are playing host to throngs of the curious and the daring. Storm watchers hypnotized by nature's terribly beauty — and surfers catching waves in what has become widely regarded as the world's newest surfing hot spot. Weather Bombs blends the science of storm with an exhilarating and dangerous adventure on the high seas.