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  • Where did Bill store his truck's cover?
    • I always figure that they left it on the side of the road.
  • Am I the only one who got the impression that the Hardings hate Jonas *primarily* for being a huge jerk and *secondarily* for "selling out"? I mean, if he was anywhere as rude and arrogant when they were in the same lab as he is in the movie, he wouldn't have been a pleasant person to collaborate with. But it seems like every review of the film assumes the "selling out" is the main reason they hate him.
    • We don't really get an idea as to what Jonas was like before going out on his own. It was Bill who derisively said Jonas was in it for the money and not the science, and that Jonas had no instincts (as though "instinct" is somehow scientific). For all we know, Jonas could have been a perfectly nice guy that the others were always picking on, and now he gets to rub his success in their faces.
      • No way. According to Jo, Jonas was little more than a hanger-on, always waiting to see what Bill would do. The one time we see Jonas not following Bill's advice...
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    • In reality, "sell-out" jerk or none, any storm chasing team worth its salt would WELCOME any help they could get in collecting data, and there's plenty of tornado to go around.
  • How'd Bill's truck drive up a flight of stairs and emerge from a first floor window?
    • Maybe he fell through the already damaged floor.
    • Also, he entered the house side-on, meaning to go straight up/down the stairs they would have to be on the wall when the house is upright.
  • Why the hell did they pick 1969 for Jo? There weren't any F5s in '69 - why not have Jo's tragedy happen during the 1974 Super Outbreak? At one point there were 16 tornadoes active at once. Or was it important that she be the ONLY one who knew somebody who died that year?
    • If they had used a real event, the writers might have felt constrained by the historical record and felt they had to set Jo's childhood in one of the real towns that was hit by the outbreak and then go through the trouble of reproducing what it looked like in 1974, including how it was damaged. If they had gone to that town to film, it might have upset locals who had survived the tornado and been seen as exploiting their tragedy. Having a fictional storm provided more creative freedom and less chance to accidentally offend and they may simply chosen the year Helen Hunt was six and gone from there. But setting it in 1974 certainly would have removed the anachronism of Jo's father referring to the Fujita scale before it existed.
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    • The Jack Bickham novel Twister did exactly this - created a fictional town as an Expy of Xenia and had it hit by an F-5 during a fictional Super Outbreak just as Xenia was. It worked out completely fine. They could have easily set the original scene during the Super Outbreak. The speculation about the tornado's strength during the crisis was incredibly stupid anyway - if a tornado is bearing down on your family you won't give a shit if it's an EF-0 or an EF-5 — both are quite capable of killing you and you do the same damn thing in both cases: Get the hell to shelter! The only real differences in the EF scale is what flavor of debris the tornado leaves behind, not its lethality.
  • What in the seven hells was Jo's dad actually doing in the intro? wooden door and adult male v F5 tornado obviously lost out, but everyone else was fine, why didnt he huddle up in the furthest solid corner with his family other than to give Jo this "tornadoes are assholes" motivation?
  • The entire subplot of a "corporate sponsored" team doing tornado research was ludicrous on its face. Unless the corporation was a company that specialized in tornado sirens, they'd never make a profit off a bunch of raw tornado data - there's a good reason why Accuweather piggybacks off NWS data, after all. And even if they were, they'd sell them anyway whether or not they had tornado data - its only value was basic research and earlier warnings and more lives saved, and that can't be monetized. Now, there has been speculation on making "smart" tornado sirens that can read Doppler radar telemetry, detect rotation, and trigger themselves, but there's tons of problems with the idea - there's a reason it has yet to see the light of day - and it wouldn't apply to the movie's timeframe anyway.
    • Plenty of businesses sponsor specific types of scientific research because their owners/CEOs have a passion for the subject.

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