ATLANTA (July 15 , 2016) -- Weather - the one major factor in professional hang glider Jonny Durand’s world record attempt for the longest open distance flight. The Weather Channel teamed up with Jonny and Red Bull to document this thrilling endeavor for the small screen - Wind Rider: World Record Attempt airs Sunday, July 24 at 10 p.m. ET.
The network also contributed its unrivaled meteorology expertise to Jonny and team. To accomplish the world record Jonny used the rare weather phenomenon of thermals; which are rising columns of hot air, a dry-line convergence of two disparate air masses, and strong tailwinds.
While visiting The Weather Channel, Jonny joined meteorologist Stephanie Abrams in two immersive, augmented reality segments that explain to the audience how winds and thermals work.
“In a world where everyone is chasing original programming, we approach the world differently. We focus on our unique strength -- and that is the weather,” said Nora Zimmett, senior vice president of programming for The Weather Channel television network. “This one hour special combines the ups and downs of Mother Nature with the thrilling chase of a world record. You can’t ask for a more perfect match.”
The Weather Channel will showcase his epic journey in a special documentary hosted by Dave Malkoff - Wind Rider: World Record Attempt premiering at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 24.
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