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Burning Question

Everybody's in a tizzy about ''The Day After Tomorrow'''s global-warming-induced weather disaster. Tornadoes, giant balls of hail, flooding, plummeting temperatures: Yeah, yeah, Al Gore, we know -- we're all gonna freeze to death. Brrr. But that's, like, at least a few years off. Right now, we at EW are a little more concerned about a couple of other questions this movie has sparked.

If meteorologists can forecast the weather as much as 10 days in advance, how come they couldn't see the superstorm coming in until it was just a few days away?

''Yeah, that might have been one of the loopholes in the movie,'' laughs the Weather Channel's climate expert Dr. Heidi Cullen. ''That was one of the flaws.'' (In case you're wondering, Cullen is among those who think that any dramatic climate change would take about 10 years. Which has got us thinking...about parkas!)

In an effort to save survivors stranded by Day's harsh weather, helicopters fire up in Mexico and head to New York City to save what's left of its chilled denizens. Can a chopper fly that far?

''Well...it's possible, but you're going to have to hit a lot of refueling spots,'' explains Mike Roth, president of New York Helicopter Charter. ''After three hours it's all over, then you pretty much better find a gas station or a good-looking lady with a bucket full of fuel.''

Originally posted Jun 11, 2004 Published in issue #769 Jun 11, 2004 Order article reprints