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It’s not your imagination. The weather has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. More torrential rain, more intense heat, more ice storms, more drought.  It’s the new normal, and we all need to immediately start adapting if we want to protect our homes and families from the destructive effects of the wild weather that is now a part of our lives. 

WEATHER GONE WILD explores recent extreme weather events and the scientific projections of what we can expect over the next few decades:  wild weather is going to become more common, and even wilder and more destructive. What we can we do to protect ourselves, our families, and the towns and cities where we live?

Snow in Calgary in May

By the year 2050, just 35 years from now, Canada can expect:

• Double the number of extremely heavy precipitation events - with periods of drought in between.
• 5 times as many hot days over 30 degrees.
• 100% increase in wildfires.
• 50% less snowfall across the prairies.
• More hail and 50% more ice storms.
• More intense hurricanes.

As a result, the new global buzzword is “adaptation”, as cities and citizens scramble to protect themselves. What can we do to give ourselves the best chance of dodging this coming bullet? WEATHER GONE WILD travels to Calgary, Toronto, New York, Miami and Rotterdam to detail the dangers of the destructive new weather patterns, and show the innovative plans in each city to protect people and property from the weather’s devastating effects.

In Canada, everything from farming, to the insurance industry, to building codes will have to change if we’re going to weather the coming storms.  Most Canadian cities are particularly vulnerable because their aging sewer, drain, and electrical systems need to be massively upgraded to ensure a safe future.

Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo

As Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo professor and Chair of Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Project says, “It’s mission critical for the country.  We have to weather-harden the system. Climate change will continue to happen.  We need to figure out, what are we going to do about it?” 

WEATHER GONE WILD answers that question with a number of practical steps Canadians can take to prepare themselves for destructive weather.  Even conservative estimates show that for every dollar spent now on weather adaptation, six will be saved when damaging storms do strike.

WEATHER GONE WILD is directed by Melanie Wood, written by Helen Slinger and Melanie Wood, and produced by Sue Ridout for Dreamfilm Productions in association with CBC-TV.

Credits (Click to expand)

Directed by
MELANIE WOOD


Produced by
SUE RIDOUT

Narrator
ANN-MARIE MacDONALD

Written by
HELEN SLINGER
MELANIE WOOD

Editor
TIM WANLIN

Director Of Photography
JOHN COLLINS

Graphic Design & Animation
ERWIN CHIONG
TIZ BERETTA

Music Composer
GRAEME COLEMAN

Sound Design
EWAN DEANE

Location Sound
PATRICK BRERETON

Story Producing
SHANNON LOWRY
CELINA BELL
SARA DARLING

Production Manager
ALISON HILL

Additional Camera
ALLAN LEADER
CHRIS GARGUS
STEVE TAYLOR
MIKE MADDEN

Additional Sound
CHRIS DAVIES
KEITH HENDERSON
CAREY OPPER
AARON KINNEY

Online Editor & Colourist
ALLAN PINVIDIC

Post-Production Supervisor
ALISON HILL

Archival Research
CELINA BELL
SHANNON LOWRY


Archival Material

The Associated Press
The BIG Team
Bountiful Films
CBC Archive Sales, Toronto
CTV Archive Sales
Eclipse AudioVisual Productions
Warren Faidley – Weatherstock.com
NDMC/ NOAA/ USDA
Koen Olthuis – Waterstudio.NL
POND5.com
Mark Robinson
Tom Stefanac
Waterfront Toronto
The Weather Network
Whitney Museum of American Art

Produced with the participation of the

            

Canada Media Fund
Rogers Documentary Fund
The Canadian Film or VIdeo Production Tax Credit
Bell Fund
Province of British Columbia
Film Incentive BC


Produced by

Dreamfilm

In association with the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

© Dreamfilm Productions Ltd. 2014


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KEVIN BARNETT

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GRIFFIN ONDAATJE

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SIBEL SAUNDERS

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PETER LEE

Presentation Producer
DAVID GIDDENS

Production Manager
DAVID WILSON

Senior Manager
WILMA ALEXANDER

Senior Producer
LINDA LAUGHLIN

Executive Producer
Doc Zone
MICHAEL CLAYDON

Executive Director
Documentary Programming
MARK STAROWICZ
 

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