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* BigBad: The tornadoes, of the omnipresent situation variant. [[HateSink This is the primary reason for Jonas' existence.]]
** If you want to be technical about it, the F-5 tornado at the end of the film serves as this.

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* BigBad: The Technically the tornadoes, of the omnipresent situation variant. [[HateSink This is the primary reason for Jonas' existence.]]
** If you want to be technical about it,
variant, particularly the F-5 tornado at the end of the film serves as this.film. However, the human antagonist is Dr. Jonas Miller, the corporate tornado-chasing rival of the protagonists who wants to beat them at a scientific breakthrough.

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** Rick Mitchell moved to KXAS in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2019, and station promos mention his brief cameo.


** They don't roar like animals, no (and animal noises were mostly used in the movie). But the big, violent ones DO roar - they make an overwhelming sound that can be heard miles away, and that sound, even over a little [=YouTube=] window, is not one you will ever forget. The little ones often sound like wind rushing through a wind tunnel.

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** There is no way in real life that a tornado would ''roar'', though witnesses have heard some crazy-scary sounds from them in real life.
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They don't roar like animals, no (and animal noises were mostly used in the movie). But the big, violent ones DO roar - they make an overwhelming sound that can be heard miles away, and that sound, even over a little [=YouTube=] window, is not one you will ever forget. The little ones often sound like wind rushing through a wind tunnel.

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** They don't roar like animals, no (and animal noises were mostly used in the movie). But the big, violent ones DO roar - they make an overwhelming sound that can be heard miles away, and that sound, even over a little [=YouTube=] window, is not one you will ever forget. The little ones often sound like wind rushing through a wind tunnel.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: All over the place. Tornadoes just don't ''work'' like that. They can be capricious, but if the tornado's strong enough to ''completely pick up'' an 18-wheel gas tanker right in front of you, it's not going to leave your puny little pickup unruffled.

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* TruthInTelevision: Jo says the main reason for Tornado research is to develop better forecasting methods to provide an advance warning system, specifically wanting to increase the lead-in time[[note]]The time between the Tornado warning being issued and the Tornado arriving[[/note]] from 3 minutes to 15 minutes. This was a ''big'' problem at the time the film came out: methods for predicting Tornadoes were sketchy at best and often Tornado warnings weren't issued until after a Tornado was already on the ground and the average lead-in time ''was'' 3 minutes[[note]]And in some cases, like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Barneveld_tornado_outbreak#The_Barneveld_Tornado the F5 that hit Barneveld, Wisconsin in 1984]], the warning wasn't issued until ''after'' the Tornado had already flattened the town[[/note]]. However, thanks to more sophisticated research done throughout the 1990's and 2000's (such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VORTEX_projects Project VORTEX]]), by the 2010's the lead-in time had increased to 15 minutes and in some cases could be as high as 30.


** Several times in the movie the team explicitly mentions the Fujita rating of the Tornado while chasing it and prior to the climax Dusty says that NSSL is "predicting an F5." While Fujita ratings are ''never'' given in advance (as both the old and new systems are based on the ''damage'' the Tornado incurs after the fact]], the Storm Prediction Center will occasionally issue a PDS[[note]]Particularly Dangerous Situation[[/note]] Tornado Watch, which is an indication that a very strong Tornado ([=EF3=] or higher) and/or Tornado outbreak is being forecast.

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** Several times in the movie the team explicitly mentions the Fujita rating of the Tornado while chasing it and prior to the climax Dusty says that NSSL is "predicting an F5." While Fujita ratings are ''never'' given in advance (as both the old and new systems are based on the ''damage'' the Tornado incurs after the fact]], fact), the Storm Prediction Center will occasionally issue a PDS[[note]]Particularly Dangerous Situation[[/note]] Tornado Watch, which is an indication that a very strong Tornado ([=EF3=] or higher) and/or Tornado outbreak is being forecast.

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** Several times in the movie the team explicitly mentions the Fujita rating of the Tornado while chasing it and prior to the climax Dusty says that NSSL is "predicting an F5." While Fujita ratings are ''never'' given in advance (as both the old and new systems are based on the ''damage'' the Tornado incurs after the fact]], the Storm Prediction Center will occasionally issue a PDS[[note]]Particularly Dangerous Situation[[/note]] Tornado Watch, which is an indication that a very strong Tornado ([=EF3=] or higher) and/or Tornado outbreak is being forecast.

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** While charging directly at a Tornado was something that storm chasers in the 1990's did ''not'' do, Dorothy is actually based off of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOtable_Tornado_Observatory a real NOAA Experiment]] called the '''TO'''table '''T'''ornado '''O'''bservatory (TOTO), which more or less operated on the same principles: drive to where a Tornado was hopefully going to be, drop the payload and get the hell out. Unfortunately, despite several deployments in the 1980's, TOTO never successfully intercepted a Tornado.[[note]]Ironically TOTO failed for the exact same reason Dorothy had problems in the movie: the instrument pack wasn't properly weighted to withstand high wind gusts. Consequently, the closest it came to a successful intercept was when it was sideswiped by a relatively weak Tornado and blown over.[[/note]]

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** Melissa is a smaller one as a roadblock (more like a minor speed bump, really) to Jo and Bill getting back together.

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* ActionInsuranceGag: The start of the GilliganCut below has Jo ask Bill if his truck has insurance, to which he replies, "liability only".

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* PedalToTheMetalShot: During the climactic chase. The antagonist, Jonas, and his driver are told by the hero storm chaser Bill that the tornado could shift and come at them. Jonas tells his driver to keep going and the driver hits the gas, which is where the shot is, continues onward, and [[spoiler:both are killed by the twister a few moments later.]]


* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Jonas, the ever-smug backstabbing and sabotaging jerk that constantly refused to do anything Jo and her team were doing to an almost pathological degree and constantly thought he was right and they were wrong and even that they would be as low as he, disregarded Jo's and Bill's urgent pleas to get the hell out of the road he was at because he was within spitting distance of a twister that was going to go his way at any second and became human debris as a result.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Jonas, the ever-smug backstabbing and sabotaging jerk that constantly refused to do anything [[spoiler:Jonas disregards Jo and her team were doing to an almost pathological degree and constantly thought he was right and they were wrong and even that they would be as low as he, disregarded Jo's and Bill's urgent pleas to get the hell out of off the road he was at on because he was within spitting distance of a twister that was going to go heading his way at any second and became human debris was killed as a result.]]


** Dodge Ram -- when you absolutely, positively have to drive into a tornado. Paid off when sales of the Ram pickup [[Trivia/TheRedStapler increased drastically after the film's release.]]

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** Dodge Ram -- when you absolutely, positively have to drive into a tornado. Paid off when sales of the Ram pickup [[Trivia/TheRedStapler [[TheRedStapler increased drastically after the film's release.]]

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