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Weather Nerds Have Fun With 'Twister' on Twitter

The theatrical release poster for the movie 'Twister.'
The theatrical release poster for the movie 'Twister.' (Image credit: Warner Brothers)
The theatrical release poster for the movie 'Twister.' (Image credit: Warner Brothers)

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.

Andrea Thompson
Andrea graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2004 and a Master's in the same subject in 2006. She attended the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2006.