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Climate 102 Weather in Media

PROMPT: Weather in Media

Extreme weather events have been a popular topic in the field of entertainment. But to what degree do movies portray extreme weather events with any scientific reality?

To do:

Find a clip of a movie, old (with the exception of Twister or any Sharknado movie!) or new, that portrays an extreme weather event. The event can be anything that we’ve covered or will cover in our course. Your M-WRITE project is to:

  1. Provide a link to the video clip and, if necessary, the time stamp of when the weather event you’re describing begins and ends. Please limit clips to no more than about a minute.
  2. Describe the extreme weather event being portrayed.
  3. Describe how the scene you’ve chosen portrays the extreme weather event.
  4. Describe how and why the scene you’ve chosen is either scientifically sound or unsound or somewhere in between.
  5. Cite reference or references that support your conclusions.
  6. Submit for peer review


  1. Review reviews from class peers and M-Write Fellows and prepare final copy.
  2. Submit final copy: Take into account all comments.
Example – (You can’t use this example) -
  1. Cow is flying in scene from Twister.
  2. The scene appears to be illustrating that large objects can get levitated by a tornado, which is true. (Cite: Page 342, Extreme Weather and Climate, Ahrens and Samson)
  3. However, it is not at all reasonable that the cow should fly in a circle away from the tornado nor should it’s elevation above the ground be level.
  4. …and who would want to take a therapist tornado chasing anyway?
Writing Fellows Assessment:
  1. Has the author identified a video that meets our critieria?
  2. Does the link work as described?
  3. Has the author identified a legitimate extreme weather event?
  4. Has the author produced an defensible argument to support their analysis?
  5. Has the author backed up their argument with one or more citations?
Peer Review Assessment:
  1. Briefly describe in your own words the scene that has been chosen.
  2. Explain to what degree the author has successfully argued their position.
  3. Explain to what degree the author has not successfully argued their position.