The Day After Tomorrow (2004)


Concept featured in clip:
Tornadoes/ Climate
Location of clip: DVD: 24:18 - 30:35


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Summary of clip:This scene shows Los Angeles, California during a thunder/ hail storm. The weather center issues a tornado warning for LA based on the data collected by satellites. The scene progresses to show many tornadoes hitting LA causing serious damage to the city. The people living in the city cannot believe their eyes and many do not know what to do in a tornado. They stand outside watching the tornadoes as if they have never seen one before and they could never get hurt.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: Los Angeles, California usually has a fairly stable climate. LA is located on the Pacific Ocean, so it usually has 70 degree weather with sunny skies. It would be very off for Los Angeles to get tornadoes because they don't usually experience large thunderstorms.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What is the weather in Los Angeles usually like?

b. Why aren't people in the scene taking cover to protect themselves from the tornadoes?

c. Do you think it is likely that one town get hit by so many large tornadoes in such a short period of time? Explain.

2. This clip could be viewed by an earth science class studying weather and climate. Students could create their own tornadoes using 2-L bottles and water. The class could have a discussion about tornadoes and where they are more likely to occur in the United States and why.