Bring Me Sunshine - A Windswept, Rain-soaked, Sun-kissed, Snow-capped Guide To Our Weather

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01Rain2012091020120911

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our national obsession, beginning with rain.

01Rain20120910

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our national obsession, beginning with rain.

By Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession, the weather. And when talking about the British climate which aspect do we usually turn to first? Rain...

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

01Rain20120910

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our national obsession, beginning with rain.

01Rain20120910

By Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession, the weather. And when talking about the British climate which aspect do we usually turn to first? Rain...

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

01Rain2012091020120911

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our national obsession, beginning with rain.

01Rain20120910

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our national obsession, beginning with rain.

By Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession, the weather. And when talking about the British climate which aspect do we usually turn to first? Rain...

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

01Rain20120910

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our national obsession, beginning with rain.

01Rain20120910

By Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession, the weather. And when talking about the British climate which aspect do we usually turn to first? Rain...

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Wind2012091120120912

Great thinkers have always been fascinated by the most powerful force in the weather, wind

02Wind20120911

Great thinkers have always been fascinated by the most powerful force in the weather, wind

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

From Aristotle in 4th century BC, to Edmond Halley in the 1680s, great thinkers have always been fascinated by the most powerful force in the weather's armoury - the wind.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Wind20120911

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

From Aristotle in 4th century BC, to Edmond Halley in the 1680s, great thinkers have always been fascinated by the most powerful force in the weather's armoury - the wind.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Wind2012091120120912

Great thinkers have always been fascinated by the most powerful force in the weather, wind

02Wind20120911

Great thinkers have always been fascinated by the most powerful force in the weather, wind

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

From Aristotle in 4th century BC, to Edmond Halley in the 1680s, great thinkers have always been fascinated by the most powerful force in the weather's armoury - the wind.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Wind20120911

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

From Aristotle in 4th century BC, to Edmond Halley in the 1680s, great thinkers have always been fascinated by the most powerful force in the weather's armoury - the wind.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

03Clouds20120912

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

The meteorological journey continues with the invention of the barometer, a Fleet Street pharmacist's obsession with clouds and the father of the weather forecast Robert FitzRoy.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

03Clouds20120912

A Fleet Street pharmacist's obsession with clouds, and the father of the weather forecast.

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

The meteorological journey continues with the invention of the barometer, a Fleet Street pharmacist's obsession with clouds and the father of the weather forecast Robert FitzRoy.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

03Clouds20120912

A Fleet Street pharmacist's obsession with clouds, and the father of the weather forecast.

03Clouds20120912

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

The meteorological journey continues with the invention of the barometer, a Fleet Street pharmacist's obsession with clouds and the father of the weather forecast Robert FitzRoy.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

03Clouds20120912

A Fleet Street pharmacist's obsession with clouds, and the father of the weather forecast.

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

The meteorological journey continues with the invention of the barometer, a Fleet Street pharmacist's obsession with clouds and the father of the weather forecast Robert FitzRoy.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

03Clouds20120912

A Fleet Street pharmacist's obsession with clouds, and the father of the weather forecast.

04Eccentrics20120913

Charlie Connelly looks at meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, charlatans and dreamers.

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

From firing cannons at clouds to the cult of rainmakers, the author looks at meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, charlatans and dreamers.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

04Eccentrics20120913

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

From firing cannons at clouds to the cult of rainmakers, the author looks at meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, charlatans and dreamers.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Charlie Connelly looks at meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, charlatans and dreamers.

04Eccentrics20120913

Charlie Connelly looks at meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, charlatans and dreamers.

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

From firing cannons at clouds to the cult of rainmakers, the author looks at meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, charlatans and dreamers.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

04Eccentrics20120913

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

From firing cannons at clouds to the cult of rainmakers, the author looks at meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, charlatans and dreamers.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a melange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Charlie Connelly looks at meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, charlatans and dreamers.

05 LASTFog2012091420120915

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

The final stops on Charlie Connelly's meteorological journey include a young man's obsession with photographing snowflakes and a musical ode to the sea - the foghorn symphony.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a mélange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTFog20120914

A young man's obsession with photographing snowflakes, and a musical ode to the sea.

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

The final stops on Charlie Connelly's meteorological journey include a young man's obsession with photographing snowflakes and a musical ode to the sea - the foghorn symphony.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a mélange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTFog2012091420120915

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

The final stops on Charlie Connelly's meteorological journey include a young man's obsession with photographing snowflakes and a musical ode to the sea - the foghorn symphony.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a mélange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTFog20120914

A young man's obsession with photographing snowflakes, and a musical ode to the sea.

by Charlie Connelly

Read by Stephen Mangan

The final stops on Charlie Connelly's meteorological journey include a young man's obsession with photographing snowflakes and a musical ode to the sea - the foghorn symphony.

We talk about the weather a lot. It exasperates, confounds and on occasion delights us. Our national conversation is dominated by the weather, but how much do we really know about it? In Bring Me Sunshine, Charlie Connelly sets off on the trail of our island obsession.

He breezes through the lives of meteorological eccentrics, geniuses, rainmakers and cloud-busters and brings vividly to life great weather events from history.

He sheds light on Britain's weirdest wind, the first weather forecast and why people once thought firing cannons at clouds was a great idea.

Having adventured round the shipping forecast areas for his bestselling Attention All Shipping, Connelly is the perfect guide through a mélange of gales, blizzards, mists, heatwaves and the occasional shower of fish. Bring Me Sunshine answers all your weather questions as well as helping you to distinguish your graupel from your petrichor.

Produced by Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.