20 Years Since Twister!

Posted at 11:56 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 00:36:53-04

It's been a while - but the legend of an epic storm movie lives on, even now, twenty years later!

I'm talking of course about Twister, starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.

The movie was one of the earliest ever created about storm chasing, which has grown by leaps and bounds in the two decades since the movie hit theaters.

I must say, though obviously designed to be a Summer Blockbuster, the release of the film in early May was very fitting, as this is when the United States, and specifically, the Plains region, reaches peak storm season. (And we have in fact been seeing that this week with tornado outbreaks across country).

In terms of the film itself, though it certainly has it's faults, it's hard to not find it entertaining.  And while admittedly, some of the special effects now look a bit dated, there are still some very impressive tornado sequences.

One other legacy of the film, was that tens of thousands of fans of the film got to have a "virtual tornado" experience in person, at the movie's "Ride It Out"  location at Universal Studios in Florida.  (Sadly, the attraction recently closed, but for those of us who experienced it, it was definitely memorable)! 

Finally, and perhaps most impressively, more than a few meteorologists I've met through the years have told me that it was seeing Twister that gave them a certain push down the path of a weather career!

So here's a salute to Twister, (which I may just have to watch again soon) because even two decades later, the movie's impact lives on in more ways than one!   

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