“Everest” is inspired by the true story of a group of climbers who dare to reach the top of Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest point. The expedition is interrupted, however, by a storm that is nothing like anyone has ever encountered before.
Harsh weather conditions and intense drama seem to be a winning combination for movie audiences. It’s not hard to understand why. Since all of us are, technically, “under the weather,” the subject matter is 100% relatable. For you weather nuts, here’s a list of movies you’ve got to see. The pending September Equinox is another good reason to watch! The extended weather forecast calls for rain, thunderstorms, cyclones, strong polar winds, and freezing temperatures, followed by major tectonic shifts, volcanic eruptions…and a whole ‘lotta fun! Thanks for reading, and enjoy the weather!
1: The release of this movie in 1996 seemed to spark a nationwide interest in meteorology. “Twister” was the second highest grossing movie that year. This story follows a group of storm chasers who want to create an advanced weather alert system. To do that, they have to put themselves in the eye of the storm. As any meteorologist will tell you, there are so many weather inaccuracies here. But it still makes for a good popcorn film.
2: Captain Billy Tyne and his crew of fisherman get stuck in the storm of the century in “The Perfect Storm”. Three days of exterior shots were filmed on the edge of Hurricane Floyd for the early portions of the storm in this movie. Audiences agree that it was a perfect storm…but not necessarily a perfect movie!
3: It’s a case of global warming gone wrong in “The Day After Tomorrow.” The combined weekend gross of this film and “Shrek 2″ set a record as the highest opening weekend in movie history at the time. A group of scientists and NASA screened the film. Both could vouch for its entertainment value…but not its scientific value.
4 & 5: Here, the second most desirable place to live in the US becomes a blazing inferno when a presumed extinct volcano erupts. Thank goodness the volcanic ash was really newspaper shavings! In “Earthquake”, life imitated art when an earthquake struck on the first day of shooting.
6 & 7: “Groundhog Day” and “The Wizard of Oz” portray characters who have a dilemma related to weather. Bill Murray is a TV weatherman who finds himself living Groundhog Day, a national holiday that celebrates a change in the weather, over and over again. Judy Garland finds she’s not in Kansas anymore when a cyclone transports her and her dog to the magical land of Oz.
“Groundhog Day” is responsible for making Punxsatawney, Philadelphia a major tourist attraction. The “tornado” featured in “Oz” was a 35-foot-long stocking, spun around among miniatures of a Kansas farm.
8: A comet on a collision course toward Earth threatens the survival of humanity. Though it sounds amazingly similar to “Armageddon”, it’s not. Ironically though, “Armageddon” is a major plot point for both films. Both were released the same year.
9: What says weather more than worldwide flooding? Since Noah warned the people, he is, by rights the world’s first weatherman. This is a weather story of biblical proportions.