A Report on the movie The Perfect Storm
To watch a popular Hollywood natural disaster movie and review and summarize the scientific merit of it in a report, for my report I chose The Perfect Storm. A movie that is based on the actual storm in late October 1991 later called “The Perfect Storm” (Viets 2000). Also to comment on how realistic the movies’ storyline, effects and scientific merit when compared to the real life disaster which it is trying to recreate. Introduction
In late October in 1991 a nor’easter enveloped a fully formed hurricane known as Hurricane Grace causing huge waves, gale force winds and heavy rain to fall. This storm wreaked havoc along the Eastern coast of the United States and Parts of Canada (Drag 2000). Plot Summary
The movie is based upon a book, which is based on a true story about a ragtag group of fishermen on the ship “Andrea Gail”, who on their previous fishing expeditions have come more than a few pounds short of their bosses expectations. This when the Captain of the “Andrea Gail” Frank W. "Billy" Tyne Jr. decides that he will turn his fortunes around this next trip to sea no matter what.
Shortly after they port after their last extended trip to sea they set sail again trying vainly to find that big score that has eluded them for so long. With no luck at their usual fishing grounds they decide to sail to the Flemish Cap. Here they are rewarded for their gamble with two discoveries, a giant score of fish and a broken icemaker. This means their newly acquired score of fish will go bad if not brought to port as soon as possible. While this is happening, there is a developing storm over on the East coast, and already a threat of a developed hurricane, Hurricane Grace, which looked to be moving in their direction. This is when they are faced with a decision to either wait the storm out, or risk the sail though it and get their fish to port before it rots. Ultimately the crew chooses to try to sail through the storm not knowing how extreme it was going to be in pursuit of a big paycheck, ending in the ships and crews demise. Why did this event occur?
On October 28 1991, a cold front which had developed and moved off the Northeastern coast of the united states met with an extratropical low which was located a few hundred miles of East off the coast of Nova Scotia Canada. While all of this was happening overtop of Eastern Canada there was extremely strong upper air support for, causing the extratropical low to rapidly deepen and become the main weather feature off the Western Atlantic coastline. This became the nor’easter which was to soon envelop the already fully developed Hurricane Grace (Oblack n.d.).
Hurricane Grace had already developed due to a prior subtropical storm and had begun to move East due to a strong Western flow created from the same extratropical low which was becoming the nor’easter over on the East coast of the United States and Canada (Mcleod 2009).
Once Hurricane Grace moved far enough East and collided with the nor’easter, it was absorbed and became what is now known as “The Halloween Nor’easter” or “The Perfect Storm” and lasted for nearly three days. These kinds of meteorological circumstances that led to this “Perfect Storm” only statistically come around every 50-100 years according to meteorologist Bob Case (Oblack n.d.).
Oddly enough, in the very middle of this three pronged storm, a second hurricane actually formed at the very heart of the nor’easter making the storm rage further out of control at its peak. This hurricane was never named for the confusion the current storm was already causing as it had absorbed a hurricane, then out of its remains created a new one (McLeod 2009). Global Significance
The film portrayed the storm in the same area where the actual storm hit. The movie was actually filmed in Gloucester Massachusetts, where the original story originated from (Tucker 2000).
The Atlantic coastal area is known for...
...Peanut butter and tuna fish; some things are not meant to be together. In his book, The PerfectStorm, Sebastian Junger tries to write both as a journalist and as the narrator of separate stories about a sword fishing boat, a three person sailboat, and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter stuck in the middle of colliding weather systems. While his skill in each style individually is exceptional, the way he switches between the two interrupts his flow and the contrasting styles do not fit together well. Junger combines styles as an attempt to broaden his audience and to keep the writer interested, but for me, he was unsuccessful. While he tries to appeal to the reader through the three forms of rhetoric, (pathos, logos, and ethos) his desire to also tell parts of the story as a narrator and to connect the reader to the characters did not blend well with other sections of the book.
Constantly throughout his book, Junger switches between telling the story factually as a journalist, and as a characterizing narrator, which destroys his flow. In the beginning of his book he utilizes characterization to connect the reader to the fishermen and townspeople. “She’s a tall blonde who inspires crushes in the teenaged sons of some of her friends,” describes Junger, “but there’s a certain no-nonsense air about her that has always kept Bobby on his toes” (7). The way Junger describes Christina, Bobby Shatford’s girlfriend, sounds as if he knew her at the time. This use...
...Book Report on The PerfectStorm by Sebastian Junger
The fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, is one of the oldest fishing ports in the United States and can trace its history to around 1623. Since that time, around ten thousand men have lost their lives fishing the Atlantic Ocean. Not only did the fishing port feel the full brunt of the storm but that fateful day in October 1991 was to add another six men to that tally when the fishing boat Andrea Gail was caught in the full fury of the storm out on the fishing grounds, heading back to port with a hold full of swordfish. The PerfectStorm is the story of that fateful trip of October 1991 when the Andrea Gail headed out to sea for one last shot at a major haul of swordfish before the worsening storms of winter stopped the fleet for several months.
The setting of The PerfectStorm is in 1991 on the coast of, and out on the Atlantic Ocean. It takes place in the fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts and out on the Atlantic Ocean up and down the coast of New England and Canada. It is impossible to pinpoint the absolute location of all the different routes taken by the Andrea Gail written about in the book. The relative location of the setting is off the coast of New England and south east Canada. The port in Gloucester, Massachusetts is just north of...
...MovieReport: Madea’s Family Reunion
Madea’s Family Reunion displayed examples of several themes and concepts that have been discussed in class thus far. The most obvious concepts were related to family. Although this movie focused on family, there were several ideas that dealt with aspects of love and marriage. There are three that caught my attention concerning family: types of family, how choices influence family, and strengths and challenges of African American families. In addition, the idea that I immediately noticed about love and marriage was one of the seven major mistakes in mate selection.
In Chapter 1, we discussed the common types of families. I identified Madea’s family as two of these types: extended (intergenerational) and voluntaristic. An extended, or intergenerational, family consists of relatives who live near each other or exchange frequent interactions. This is demonstrated by how Madea is constantly accepting her family members into her home. It’s quite obvious that there are frequent interactions between her and her family. She cares for her nephew Bryan’s children while is working. She also opens her home to her great-niece, Vanessa, and her two children. A voluntaristic family is a group of people who may or may not be related. Madea’s family becomes this type when the judge orders her to take Nikki into foster care. Although Nikki is not biologically related to...
...intriguing stories of today are about people's adventures at sea and the thrill and treachery of living through its perilous storms and disasters. Two very popular selections about the sea and its terrors are The PerfectStorm by Sebastian Junger and "The Wreck of the Hesperus" by Henry Longfellow. Comparison between the two works determines that "The Wreck of the Hesperus" tells a more powerful sea-disaster story for several different reasons. The poem is more descriptive and suspenseful than The PerfectStorm, and it also plays on a very powerful tool to captivate the reader's emotion. These key aspects combine to give the reader something tangible that allows them to relate to the story being told and affects them strongly.
A common person's knowledge about sea disasters comes from what they have read in books and articles, and what they see on TV and in movies. The average person does not get to experience the fury of a hurricane while on a boat. In order to capture the audience's attention, consideration to details and vivid descriptions are needed to paint a realistic picture in their minds. For this reason, the stories have to provide all of the intricate details. In The PerfectStorm, the story starts out with a radio call, not a dramatic scene that immediately foreshadows the possibility of danger. Rather than describing the storm and its...
...Severe Weather Analysis
Due: March 25, 2010
Using data from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NCEP/NCAR (National Centers for Environmental Prediction/National Center for Atmospheric Research) and any other peripheral sources, please provide a discussion and analysis of the severe weather events surrounding the loss of the Andrea Gail and rescue of the Satori as presented in the book, ThePerfectStorm, by Sebastian Junger.
You are given the following clues:
1. Dates: 27 October 1991 – 1 November 1991
2. General location: North Atlantic Ocean, latitude/longitude coordinates from text
3. Events as portrayed in the novel.
4. The NOAA special stormreport for this event (below)
From these initial data points, use maps, the library, the internet and your knowledge to develop a more fully synthesized description and explanation of weather events as they relate to the events experienced by the crew of the Andrea Gail, Coast Guard and yacht Satori.
NOAA page for the “PerfectStorm”
The following websites will be useful to develop maps.
To characterize the storm and its development, and...
...Case – 1 - A perfect response to an Imperfect storm
Twelve days. That’s how long it took for Mississippi power to restore electric power to the heavily damaged
areas of southern Mississippi after hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi gulf coast on august 29,
2005, with 145-mph winds and pounding rain. That’s remarkable, given the devastation that news photos
and television newscasts so graphically displayed. It’s something that even the federal and state
governments could not accomplish. How bad was the damage company employees dealt with? One hundred
percent of the company’s customers were without power. Sixty-five percent of its transmission and
distribution facilities were destroyed. And yet, this organization of 1,250 employees did what it had to do,
despite the horrible circumstances and despite the fact that more than half of its employees suffered
substantial damage to their own homes. It speaks volumes about the cultural climate that the managers of
Mississippi power had created.
As a corporate subsidiary of utility holding company southern company, Mississippi power provides
electric services to more than 190,000 customers in the Magnolia state. When Hurricane Katrina turned
toward Mississippi. Managers at Mississippi power swung into action with a swift and ambitious disaster
plan. After Katrina land fall, Mississippi power management team responded,” with a style designed for
speed and flexibility, forget...
...Book 'The PerfectStorm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea'
Author Sebastian Junger
Country United States
Subject Andrea Gail, 1991 PerfectStorm, shipwrecks
Genre Creative nonfiction
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publication date May 17, 1997
Media type dvd and cd
Pages xii, 227
ISBN ISBN 0-393-04016-X
OCLC Number 35397863
Dewey Decimal 974.4/5
LC Classification QC945 .J66 1997
ThePerfectStorm is a creative nonfiction book written by Sebastian Junger and published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1997. The paperback edition (ISBN 0-06-097747-7) followed in 1999 from HarperCollins' Perennial imprint. The book is about the 1991 PerfectStorm that hit North America between October 28 and November 4, 1991, and features the crew of the fishing boat Andrea Gail, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, who were lost at sea during severe conditions while longline fishing for swordfish 575 miles (925 km) out. Also in the book is the story about the rescue of the three-person crew of the sailboat Satori in the Atlantic Ocean during the storm by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa (WMEC-166).
The book was adapted for the film of the same title, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and released in 2000. The Satori is renamed Mistral in the movie, and the since-retired USCGC Tamaroa is portrayed by a newer,...
...The PerfectStorm, written by Sebastian Junger, is a novel about a six-man crew on a commercial fishing boat called the ""Andrea Gail"". It takes place in October of 1991. The crew of the "Andrea Gail" leaves from Gloucester Massachusetts on a sword fishing expedition. They fish from Georges Bank, which is off the coast of Massachusetts, to The Grand Banks, located off the coast of Newfoundland. They also travel to the Flemish Cap which is located in almost the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. On their way back home, they encounter a freak storm that consisted of a hurricane, a low coming from over the great lakes, and a cold front coming from the Canadian Shield. This is now known as the "PerfectStorm."Georges Bank, 1896In this chapter a mackerel schooner found a bottle with a note in it. The note was a goodbye letter to anyone who found it. It told about how the crew struggled but everyone knew it was the end. Also a ship named "The Falcon" set sail one year earlier and never came back.
Gloucester, Mass., 1991In this chapter you start to meet the majority of the characters. The first one you meet is Bobby Shatford. He has recently got divorced and is now with a girl named Christina Cotter. He has just accepted a job on the "Andrea Gail" because he has a chance that he will make $5,000 dollars in one month. He needs the money to pay off child support. Some other characters that are introduced are...