The recent Syfy B-movie Sharknado started a social media wildfire, which led the wacky story of a shark-filled tornado to a solid 1.4 million viewers. But just in case you thought it could really happen — AccuWeather has you covered.
In a story almost as ridiculous as the movie (headline: “Sharknado Debunked: Ridiculous Plotpoints Exposed”), the weather service has put together a point-by-point breakdown of why a sharknado couldn’t happen.
You know, because we’ve all been terrified that one is waiting just off the coast.
Check out some of the straight-faced highlights below, and click here to read the whole article:
Sharknado Myth #1: Sharks are swept up in a tornado and pose threats to the characters on land: A tornado would not have the ability to sweep up marine life. Traditionally, a tornado is formed over land where a similar formation over water would be known as a waterspout. Understandably, "Shark-Spout" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
Sharknado Myth #2: An extremely strong hurricane hits Southern California: The likelihood of a storm like the one in "Sharknado" affecting Los Angeles is very unlikely. AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Kristina Baker explains that, "Hurricanes are extremely rare in South California because of the cool water off the shore."
Sharknado Myth #3: Global warming directly caused this extraordinary weather event to occur: The movie directly links the events occurring in the film with climate change and the rising temperatures. While climate change cannot be conclusively proven to have "caused" certain weather events, climate change would have to continue exponentially for hundreds of years to create the conditions described in the film.
For anyone who missed the social media zeitgeist, Syfy plans to re-air Sharknado on Thursday, July 18. So, now you can watch it without fear of being eaten by fangy death from the sky.