Storm Warnings

by kpmautner

I’ve been watching The Weather Channel programs on storm chasers.  These crazy guys are the ones who actually head into (rather than away from) tornados.  Some do it for thrills, some do it for science.  But they are all NUTS.

Anyway, couple of comments on these:  first off, the movie Twister.  It’s about tornado hunters, starring Holly Hunter.  It’s not a bad movie as far as action thrillers go, but when you get down to brass tacks there are some huge holes.  First, there is machinery with moving parts, and the Hunter character handles this machinery with shoulder–length hair flying in the breeze.  If you’ve ever gotten hair caught in moving machinery, that’s something you’ll never do again. And, as an experienced scientist, Hunter should have known better.

Yes, I know, I’m nit-picking, and it does look romantic and dramatic, but still…..

More importantly, I lived for 7 years in Indiana, tornado country.  Indiana is flat.  You can draw a topographical map of Indiana with one line.  As you get further and further out of the city, you can see for miles and miles.  And we learned from experience, any time that you saw the storm chaser trucks out on the road, the rest of us turned around and ran the other way.