As we slog through this continuing Polar Vortex (really, someone must make that movie!) it’s hard to imagine that tornadoes have already been spotted in 11 states. Yes, it’s tornado season, starting even before National Severe Weather Preparedness week (March 2-8, 2014). And in all seriousness, we want you all to be safe. During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, NOAA and FEMA will highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes. Being prepared for severe weather doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. A few simple steps, such as having a disaster supplies kit, could help save your life. During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example where you live.
OK, now that we’ve given you some tools to stay safe and prepare for severe weather, and in the spirit of the Oscars and Hollywood’s self-obsession (don’t worry about them… Ellen did say they are all OK and safe from the rain) we thought we’d have a bit of fun.
So, here’s your chance to vote!
Here are our nominees for Best Supporting Tornado in a Severe Weather Movie.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.
Man of Steel (2013)
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth (while tornado causes controversy).
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
After a series of weather-related disasters begin to occur over the world, everybody realizes the world is entering a new Ice Age.
Category 7: The End of the World (2005)
It’s tornadoes, hurricanes, electrical storms, and mass destruction as the effects of global warming brew into a super storm that threatens to rend the earth with an unprecedented power.
Seattle Superstorm (2012)
Things aren’t just stormy on the home front; when an unidentified object is shot down by the military and crashes into Puget Sound, it sets off a series of strange weather phenomena: earthquakes, tornados, lightning storms… and they’re spreading.
12 Disasters (2012)
The ultimate countdown to holiday mayhem! A global cataclysm of tornadoes, volcanoes, and killer twinkle lights threaten a small mountain town during Christmas.
When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature’s deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.
Time for the actors before we get to the bug award! Our nominees for “Best” performance by an Actor in a Tornado Disaster Film are…
Casper Van Diem (500 mph Storm)
Lou Diamond Phillips (Metal Tornado)
Ian Ziering (Sharknado)
Kevin Costner (Man of Steel)
Dennis Quaid (Day After Tomorrow)
Bill Paxton (Twister)
Jon Schneider (Night of the Twisters)
Bruce Campbell (Tornado!)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Atomic Twister)
Esai Morales (Seattle Superstorm)
Our nominees for “Best” performance by an Actress in a Tornado Disaster Film are…
Ming-Na Wen (Super Cyclone)
Helen Hunt (Twister)
Gina Gershon (Category 7)
Shannen Doherty (Category 7)
Nicloe Eggert (Devil Winds)
Kelly McGillis (Storm Chasers)
And here are our nominees in our Best Tornado in a Disaster Movie category:
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
Night of the Twisters (1996)
A Nebraska farm community is plagued by a storm with a series of tornados acting against normal patterns.
An accountant sent to produce an evaluation of a tornado research project, and the scientist running the project pursue tornadoes and each other.
Devil Winds (2003)
A brilliant meteorologist returns to his hometown in Oklahoma to try to stop the biggest tornado ever.
Ice Twisters (2009)
Charlie Price, a former scientist turned science fiction author, starts living one of his novels when the Federal Science Foundation’s weather experiments escape control and turn disastrous.
Storm in the Heartland (2009)
Liz McAdams is haunted by the memories of a tornado that destroyed her home 25 years ago. Now a professional storm tracker, she and her family are in danger once again as another devastating twister rapidly gains momentum.
Atomic Twister (2002)
The staff of a nuclear reactor must struggle to avert a disaster when tornadoes cause damage that threatens to start a meltdown.
Metal Tornado (2011)
An American company inadvertently unleashes a magnetic vortex on an unprepared world.
Tornado Warning (2012)
Extraterrestrials utilize “electrical tornadoes” in a plan to invade Earth.
NYC: Tornado Terror (2008)
What appears to be harmless little whirlwinds and dust devils turns out to be a precursor to something a lot more deadlier and ends up threatening New York City’s very existence.
Super Cyclone (2012)
When a super cyclone threatens the entire American eastern seaboard, a lone meteorologist and a petroleum engineer must battle the elements to stop the threat.
Mega Cyclone (2011)
Epic storms triggered by a space phenomenon obliterate cities, and the only answer to escaping complete annihilation rests on a small-town teen’s extraordinary science project.
F6: Twister (2012)
In a small Texas town during the holiday season, Ethan, a meteorologist, is woken in the middle of the night for a call about a tornado that has just hit.
Cast your votes now! Just leave a comment with your pick in each category, and we’ll announce the winners on Friday as part of our Disaster Relief (like Comic Relief, only without the high-priced comedians…).
Think we’ve left out some great disaster films? Not to worry! Many more Awareness weeks are to come, including floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes. Stay tuned, and stay safe!