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Encyclopedia > Tropical cyclones in popular culture

The appearances of tropical cyclones in popular culture spans many genres of media. It includes both fictional tropical cyclones and real ones used as the basis for some other work. Fiction (from the Latin fingere, to form, create) is storytelling of imagined events and stands in contrast to non-fiction, which makes factual claims about reality. ... Cyclone Catarina, a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone viewed from the International Space Station on March 26, 2004 Hurricane and Typhoon redirect here. ...

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Fictional tropical cyclones

Books

  • Amanda: The name of the storm in Clive Cussler's Raise the Titanic. The Soviet Navy used the storm as cover to board the newly raised ship in an attempt to sabotage the retrieval of a rare mineral, byzanium for use in an anti-ballistic missile defense system.
  • Maria: The name of the storm in George R. Stewart's bestselling 1941 novel, Storm. Although not, strictly speaking, a hurricane, the storm is highly notable for receiving a woman's name, the first widely-known example of such personification. In the novel, a character referred to only as "the Junior Meteorologist" gives storms women's names as a private mental game. Stewart said that he was inspired by reading that "a certain meteorologist had even felt storms to be so personal that he had given them names." Stewart's book in turn inspired Lerner and Loewe's song "They Call the Wind Maria." It is widely thought to have influenced U.S. Navy meteorologists, who gave female names to Pacific tropical storms during World War II.
  • (Unnamed) A High Wind in Jamaica (U.S. title: The Innocent Voyage). 1929 novel by Richard Hughes Horrific incidents described from a child's point of view, beginning with the destruction of the family's house by a hurricane. "If Emily had known this was a Hurricane, she would doubtless have been far more impressed, for the word was full of romantic terrors...."
  • (Unnamed) In Hazard, a 1938 novel by Richard Hughes. A single-screw turbine cargo steamer encounters a hurricane off the coast of Cuba. Reviewers compared it to Joseph Conrad's Typhoon, admired the weather descriptions, complained of "puppet-like" characters.
  • (Unnamed) The Cay. A pivotal point of the story involves the hurricane that strikes the small island where the two main characters are marooned.

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Clive Cussler is an American adventure novelist. ... The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), commonly called Star Wars after the popular science fiction movies of the time, was proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983[1] to use ground-based and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic... George R. Stewarts books about U.S. highways were based on his cross-country drives in 1924, 1949 and 1950. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... The novel Storm was written by George Rippey Stewart in 1941. ... Lerner and Loewe is a designation for the musical comedy writing team of lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe. ... A High Wind in Jamaica is a 1929 novel by Richard Hughes. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Richard Arthur Warren Hughes (19 April 1900-28 April 1976) was a British professional writer of poems, short stories, novels and plays. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Richard Arthur Warren Hughes (19 April 1900-28 April 1976) was a British professional writer of poems, short stories, novels and plays. ... Joseph Conrad. ... The Cay, by Theodore Taylor The Cay is a novel (ISBN 0-380-00142-X) written by Theodore Taylor. ...

Television

  • Hurricane Barbera: Hit Springfield in The Simpsons episode "Hurricane Neddy." Destroyed Ned Flanders's house, picked up Barney Gumble's Bowlerama and dumped it on a nearby hill.
  • (Unnamed)- Only Mentioned in the Simpsons episode "Hurricane Neddy", in 1978. Blew down Hall of Records, never officially confirmed.
  • Hurricane Eduardo: Hit the United States east coast, particularly Florida, in Category 7: The End of the World, and later merged with a destructive non-tropical system near Washington, D.C. The resulting storm was more powerful than either of the other two.
  • Hurricane Eve: Hit Miami, Florida on the premiere episode of Invasion. Believed to be cover for extraterrestrial activity. Had a pressure of 936 MB; according to TV Guide, a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
  • Hurricane Gill: Hit Miami on a November 9, 1991 multiple crossover episode of The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, and Nurses, forcing characters from each show to take refuge in the locale of the other two shows.
  • Tropical Storm Renee: Shown in the Seinfeld episode "The Checks." Struck before 1981, experienced by umbrella salesmen Teddy Padillac and Jerry Seinfeld. The storm dropped heavy rainfall, resulting in good business for the two salesmen.[1]
  • Hurricane Robert: Shown on the Family Guy episode "One If By Clam, Two If By Sea." Hit Quahog, Rhode Island with downed power lines, several damaged buildings, and downed trees and brush.
  • Hurricane Rupaul: Massive storm headed for Quahog in the Family Guy episode "The Perfect Castaway". High waves when it swept the characters out to sea.
  • Super Typhoon Viper: a massive storm makes a direct hit on Hong Kong causing death and destruction in the Discovery Channel series 'Perfect Disaster'.
  • Hurricane Anthony: A couple trying to escape this hurricane strikes a man with their car in the CSI: Miami episode Hurricane Anthony.

Springfield is the fictional city in which the TV series The Simpsons is set. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Hurricane Neddy is the eighth episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... Nedward Ned Flanders is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer, who lives next door to the Simpsons with his family and is generally considered a pillar of the Springfield community. ... Barnard Barney Gumble born (April 20 or June 15) is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Federal District District of Columbia  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack Evans... Miami redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Invasion was an American science fiction television series that aired on ABC for one season beginning in September 2005. ... In popular culture and conspiracy theories, life forms, especially intelligent life forms, that are of extraterrestrial origin, i. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a scale classifying most Western Hemisphere tropical cyclones that exceed the levels of tropical depression and tropical storm and thereby become hurricanes; the categories it divides hurricanes into are distinguished by the intensities of their respective sustained winds. ... A fictional crossover occurs when two or more otherwise separated fictional characters, stories, settings, universes, or media meet and interact with each other. ... The Golden Girls was an American sitcom that originally aired Saturday nights on NBC from September 14, 1985 to May 9, 1992. ... Empty Nest was a television sitcom that ran on NBC for seven seasons from 1988 to 1995. ... Nurses is a television sitcom that ran on NBC from 1991 to 1994. ... This article is about the sitcom. ... The Checks is the 141st episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. ... Family Guy is an American animated television series about a nuclear family in the suburb of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... One If by Clam, Two If by Sea is an episode of Family Guy. ... Quahogs (pronounced KO-hog, IPA , kwag, or kwa-HOG, IPA ), mercenaria mercenaria or venus mercenaria, are also called hard-shell clams, and by terms referring to different sizes from smallest to largest, littlenecks, cherrystones, quahogs, and chowders. The Quahog takes its name from the Narragansett Indian word poquauhock (the word... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... Power Line is a neoconservative blog run by three lawyers: John H. Hinderaker (Hindrocket), Scott W. Johnson (The Big Trunk) and Paul Mirengoff (Deacon). Power Line covers political and social issues from a conservative viewpoint. ... Family Guy is an American animated television series about a nuclear family in the suburb of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... Perfect Castaway is an episode from the fourth season of the FOX animated series Family Guy. ... Discovery Channel is a property of Discovery Communications primarily packaged as a network entertainment brand distributed in virtually every pay-television market in the world. ... Perfect Disaster is a 2006 Discovery Channel mini-series depicting the worst-case scenario major cities could expect imminently in the near future if hit by extreme weather. ... CSI: Miami is a spinoff of the popular CBS network series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. ...

Films

  • Hurricane Noelani: Massive hurricane is the East Pacific in the movie The Day After Tomorrow. It never made landfall, but was called the strongest hurricane on record.

Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... Brian De Palma (born James Giacinto DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American film director. ... Snake Eyes is a crime thriller directed by Brian De Palma, and featuring his trademark use of long tracking shots and split screens. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called pugilism, prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science (a common nickname among fans), is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists... This articles trivia section has too much trivia. ...

Games

  • Hurricane Hermione: At the beginning of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, this hurricane was forecast to hit Miami, Florida, forcing officials to close roads that kept the player confined to a specific island. As the player progresses, the warnings are lifted, abeit to an unknown reason.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... Miami redirects here. ...

Music

  • (unnamed): Jimmy Buffett describes a tropical cyclone in the Gulf Stream with winds greater than 60 mph in his A1A song Trying to Reason with the Hurricane Season. The storm produces rough seas and grey skies in southeastern Florida.[2]
  • (unnamed): A fugitive captain loses his mind during a hurricane when a coconut hits him in the head, as described in the Jimmy Buffett song Nobody Speaks to the Captain No More on his Floridays album.[3]
  • (multiple unnamed): Jimmy Buffett describes a sailor who goes through several hurricanes and typhoons in his Christmas Island song A Sailor's Christmas." [4]
  • (multiple unnamed): Several hurricanes affect the fictional Caribbean island of Kinja in the Jimmy Buffett song Don't Stop the Carnival.[5]
  • (unnamed): Hugh Prestwood dreams of a hurricane in his song Savannah Fare You Well. The hurricane produces heavy rainfall which kills the songwriter.[6]

Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... For the album by Ocean Colour Scene, see North Atlantic Drift (album) The Gulf Stream is orange and yellow in this representation of water temperatures of the Atlantic. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Map of Central America and the Caribbean A Caribbean beach in Isla Margarita, Venezuela. ... Dont Stop the Carnival is a novel by American writer Herman Wouk about escaping middle-age crisis to the Caribbean, a heaven that quickly turns into a hell for the main character. ...

Real tropical cyclones

Books

Lowest pressure ≤936 mbar (hPa) Damages $25-50 million (1900 USD) $928 million (2000 USD) [1] Fatalities 6,000–12,000 direct Areas affected Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, south Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas (particularly around Galveston), much of the Central United States, Great Lakes region, Atlantic Canada Part... Paul Lewis Quarrington (born July 22, 1953) is a Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and musician. ... Lowest pressure 980 mbar (hPa) as tropical system 972 mbar (hPa) as extratropical system Damages $1. ... Sebastian Junger (1962 - ) is the well known author of The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. ... B C D E F G UN Categories: | | | | | | | | | | | ... The F/V Andrea Gail was a commercial fishing vessel which was lost at sea during the so-called Perfect Storm of 1991. ...

Television

Lowest pressure 950 hPa (mbar)[1] Damage $4 billion (1998 AUD)[2] $2. ... The Nine Network is an Australian television network, available in major markets across Australia. ...

Films

Lowest pressure 980 mbar (hPa) as tropical system 972 mbar (hPa) as extratropical system Damages $1. ... Sebastian Junger (1962 - ) is the well known author of The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. ... The Perfect Storm is a 2000 live-action film adapted from the book of the same title by Sebastian Junger. ... The F/V Andrea Gail was a commercial fishing vessel which was lost at sea during the so-called Perfect Storm of 1991. ...

Music

Lowest pressure 950 hPa (mbar)[1] Damage $4 billion (1998 AUD)[2] $2. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... Released: October 10, 2006 [edit] Track Listing: ... {{Katrina) nathan cuff got on my compute ...

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