Flying cows and dreams of reality…

The movie “Twister” inspired a new generation of prospective meteorologists upon its release in 1996. As an exercise in pure spectacle, the film is a success. From flying cows to falling tractors, “Twister” makes quite an impression with its occasionally fanciful depictions a tornado outbreak. But in a few scenes, excitement comes at the expense of reality. For example, the terrifying opening sequence features the arrival of an “F5” tornado (announced by one of the characters). The scene takes place in 1969, yet the “F-Scale” was not actually invented until the early 1970’s. We expect minor mistakes like this when…