That favorite movie of weather nerds everywhere, "Twister," was on TV last night, and its fans took to Twitter to celebrate — and critique — the film.
While the movie caused many (including this reporter) to develop an interest in weather, it gets a few points wrong. Among the errors pointed out on Twitter were questions of tornado dynamics and terminology, as well as a few historical hiccups:
"#Twister first scene, set 1969. "#twister might be an F5" - Jo's Dad. Fujita Scale introduced in 1971," tweeted @4cast4you.
(The Fujita Scale was developed by meteorologist Ted Fujita as a way to evaluate the severity of tornadoes based on the amount of damage caused.)
Read more Twitter comments on "Twister" at the United States Tornadoes site.
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Andrea Thompson is an associate editor at Scientific American, where she covers sustainability, energy and the environment. Prior to that, she was a senior writer covering climate science at Climate Central and a reporter and editor at Live Science, where she primarily covered Earth science and the environment. She holds a graduate degree in science health and environmental reporting from New York University, as well as a bachelor of science and and masters of science in atmospheric chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.