Film: The Day After Tomorrow
"This movie is to climate science as Frankenstein is to transplant surgery."
In the beginning, there is an attempt to document global warming by removing an ice core from the Antarctic. This is made considerably more difficult when the ice shelf collapses under the scientists involved.
A climate summit is held in India. The American vice-president (who may not be named "Dick Cheney", but have no doubt of his identity) announces nothing needs to be done. When the conference ends, it is snowing
. (Normally, that region of India has a temperature of about 100° F note
at the time of year implied in the movie).
The lead scientist involved in the Antarctic expedition, Jack Hall, is considered kooky because he is a paleoclimatologist. He doesn't get along with authorities, and his relationship with his equally genius son could be better.
The genius son Sam Hall is going to NYC for a knowledge decathlon and to try to bond with the girl he joined the knowledge decathlon team for. He's afraid of flying, and this flight doesn't go smoothly. It is one of the last flights at NYC's latitude that goes at all.
In Scotland, another group of scientists is measuring ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic. They aren't paying incredibly close attention when things first go wrong — hey, Manchester United are playing!note
One of them intends to join his family for a holiday — eventually.
After tornadoes hit LA, America takes this weather thing seriously. Only one weather model seems to have any real predictive power. Unfortunately, it was made by the paleoclimatologist to deal with weather patterns at the start of the last ice age, and it wasn't supposed to run anywhere near as fast as the current weather system is running.
Yes. Global warming has triggered an instant Ice Age. The Disaster Movie
equivalent of hilarity ensues
Not to be confused with The Day After
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