The sudden surge of natural disasters is turning a lot of heads these days since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and now Hurricane Irma has come in right on its heels. This is making many people wonder what might be happening in our environment and why these disasters are coming with such frequency. It’s also making a lot of people think that movies such as The Day After Tomorrow are more on point than anyone might want to believe. There are a great many doubters obviously and even cynics that state that Hollywood knows how to make a good disaster thriller but couldn’t predict the weather if they were standing in rain or sunshine.
The Day After Tomorrow however is lauded as one of the few movies that actually seems to get things right, and many believe that the movement of Hurricane Irma proves it. I’m not even going to try to get into the detailed and scientific facts of this, as after reading through several articles both popular and scholarly my head is already aching. But one thing I can say is that if a Hollywood director wants a movie to sell and to be popular with the audience they will do their best to make it realistic and actually incorporate a bit of scientific truth within the movie so that people might be able to see what could really happen in a true storm.
The climate shift that occurs in the movie is very real, as are the natural catastrophes that occur as a result. The timetable for these disasters is obviously sped up in favor of creating more drama and a much more perilous situation for the film, but there is every indication that a great deal of what is seen could happen at some point or another. The earth is after all a system of checks and balances that has to be carefully maintained if everything is to work right. When those balances are upset things tend to happen and the world will do what is necessary to put things back in order.
Climate change didn’t necessarily create Hurricane Irma, but it certainly had a hand in making it stronger. Global warming raises the sea level and the temperature which in turn can help to lend further power to the hurricanes, thereby making the force they generate that much stronger. So in some way climate change is responsible but it isn’t the only culprit.
Trying to forge the link between movies and the actual weather patterns of the planet isn’t an easy thing unless you tend to believe in everything you see. Movie magic tends to tell us a lot of things that just aren’t true and tries to push forth things that aren’t entirely feasible until someone in a position of authority finally puts their foot down and says that no, it’s not possible. While Hurricane Irma might be a good indication that films like The Day After Tomorrow could possibly happen, they’re not to be taken as gospel.