Entertainment Weekly, noticing that there has been a regular hailstorm of disastrous-weather movies the last few years - from "Twister" to "Deep Impact" - gets Weather Channel meteorologist Stu Ostro to put the whole thing into much-needed perspective.

While admitting that the trend represents "a hidden interest in weather" on the part of the general public, Stu implicitly faults the credibility of such scenaria."You're seeing this stuff because the people making the movies know it sells," Stu explains, dashing our belief that it's all fact-based. "Folks who believe this could happen," he goes on to say, "are pretty much psychotic."

- Roger Anderson