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Day After Tomorrow - Magical Frost
Location: anytime involving the "big freeze"
Throughout the movie, supercold temperatures - those capable of freezing people alive - are dramatized by frost creeping across various surfaces (and sometimes people). This is most notable when Sam runs through the library with medicine from the ship, heading for the room with the fireplace, closely pursued by frost creeping across the stone floor and walls. Frost is, basically, ice; ice is just water, and frost occurs when moisture in the air freezes onto a very cold surface. I don't know if there are many winters in Hollywood, but trust a Michigander - winters here are dry. If it were already snowing in New York, the buildings - their windows, most noticeably - would already be frosted and there would be minimal moisture in the air. Thus, when the big freeze arrived, there would be no dramatic, yet incorrect, frost.
Example 2: flag freezes during Jack's hike to New York. How did that flag get wet enough to turn into a sheet of ice in the space of a few seconds? Was it raining earlier?
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Contributed By:
ScottyB on 12-20-2004
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FiveCentFather writes:
While technically your correct, this was a MOVIE, basically a VISUAL medium. I can't think of any other way the creators could have dramatized the super-cooled air then with a wave of frost. Yeah, no one has ever seen frost behave that way, but it gave us a feeling of jeopardy for the characters in the movie, which was the point. Besides, MOST of the movie was completely unbelievable. But it was a cool ride, and I LOVED watching it. And isn't that the point of summer adventure blockbusters?
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SW writes:
You used the correct word yourself, dramatic. Whether or not it is a slip up the fact remains that winters here on the east coast are NOT dry. When it snows here (2 hours from NYC) everything is soaked. We get wet, heavy snow...not much fun to play in.
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Blackbird writes:
All materials have a certain moisture content, even metals. I think we can agree on that. No material is totally dry. Now, that downflow of air was theoretically coming from the ultra-high atmosphere...stratospheric or above. That's very deep-frozen air. As this jet of superfrozen air starts striking materials, the innate moisture of the material would begin crystallizing - freezing. So the innate moisture content of the flag would freeze, and you would get frost - some frost - on metals. Glass would shatter due to the rapid creation of an extreme expansion differential (all those who remember the idiot in high-school chemistry remember this). So while the effect might not be enough to freeze a flag solid in mid-flap, you might get some expression of this phenomenon.
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elbereth writes:
On a stormy weather, the moisture in the air, and of course, on things too, is higher... Most of the times in my country, if the weather shows a big percentage of moisture in the air, it is definitely a storm coming. Besides, they showed it was raining, remember?
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