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When several buoys in the Atlantic Ocean show a severe ocean temperature drop, Rapson concludes Jack's theories are correct. A massive storm system develops in the northern hemisphere , splitting into three gigantic hurricane -like superstorms above Canada , Scotland , and Siberia. Meanwhile, the weather worsens across the world; Tokyo is struck by a giant hail storm, sea levels in Nova Scotia rise 25 feet 7.
Following this, President Blake issues an executive order for the FAA to ground all air traffic across the country. New York is soon caught in the North American storm and the weather becomes progressively more violent, resulting in a massive storm surge flooding Manhattan. This forces Sam's group to seek shelter at the New York Public Library , but not before Laura accidentally cuts her leg. While cellphone communications are down, Sam is able to contact Jack and his mother Lucy, a physician, through a working payphone ; Jack advises him to stay inside and promises to rescue him.
Rapson and his team perish in the European storm. Lucy remains in a hospital caring for bed-ridden children, where she and her patients are eventually rescued by the authorities. Upon Jack's suggestion, Blake orders the southern states to be evacuated into Mexico ; the northern half are doomed to be hit by the superstorm, but are warned by the government to seek shelters and stay warm.
With the storm having now reached Washington, Blake perishes after his motorcade is caught in it, making Becker the new President.
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Jack, Jason, and Frank make their way to New York against all odds. In Pennsylvania , Frank falls through the skylight of a mall, cutting his rope to prevent his friends from falling in after him. In the library, most survivors, upon seeing many survivors from other structures deciding to head south after the floodwater outside freezes over, decide to follow suit in spite of Sam's warnings; only a few survivors end up taking heed of Sam's advice to stay put, burning books to stay warm as the temperatures plunge. Laura develops blood poisoning from her injury, whereupon Sam, Brian, and JD scour a Russian cargo vessel that had drifted into the city for penicillin , fending off a pack of wolves which escaped from Central Park Zoo.
The eye of the North American storm arrives, freezing Manhattan solid, but Sam's group make it inside just in time with the medicine and food. Likewise, Jack and Jason take shelter in an abandoned Wendy's restaurant.
Jack and Jason continue to proceed towards New York after the eye has passed. While traveling, they come across the group who left the library frozen to death. Days later, the superstorms dissipate. Jack and Jason successfully reach the library, finding Sam's group alive. Becker, in his first address as President, apologizes on television for his ignorance, vowing to send helicopters to rescue survivors in the northern states.
Jack and Sam's group are picked up in Manhattan, where many people have survived.
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On the International Space Station , astronauts look down in awe at the transformed surface of the planet, now free of pollution , and with new ice caps generated by the superstorms, extending across the northern hemisphere. Before and during the film's release, members of environmental and political advocacy groups distributed pamphlets to moviegoers describing the possible effects of global warming.
To choose a studio, writer Michael Wimer created an auction. A copy of the script was sent to all major studios along with a term sheet.
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They had 24 hours to decide whether to produce the movie with Roland Emmerich directing. Fox Studios was the only studio to accept the terms. It was the second-highest opening-weekend film not to lead at the box office; Inside Out surpassed it in June The Day After Tomorrow received mixed reviews from critics, who praised its visual effects and criticized its writing and scientific inaccuracy.
According to the website, it is "A ludicrous popcorn flick filled with clunky dialogues, but spectacular visuals save it from being a total disaster. He gave it three stars out of four. Emmerich did not deny that his casting of a weak president and the resemblance of vice-president Kenneth Welsh to Dick Cheney were intended to criticize the climate change policy of the George W.
Bush administration. Some scientists criticized the film's scientific aspects. Paleoclimatologist and professor of earth and planetary science at Harvard University Daniel P. Schrag said, "On the one hand, I'm glad that there's a big-budget movie about something as critical as climate change.
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On the other, I'm concerned that people will see these over-the-top effects and think the whole thing is a joke We are indeed experimenting with the Earth in a way that hasn't been done for millions of years. But you're not going to see another ice age — at least not like that. Marshall Shepherd , a research meteorologist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center , expressed a similar sentiment: "I'm heartened that there's a movie addressing real climate issues.
But as for the science of the movie, I'd give it a D minus or an F. Thereafter, global warming continues as if the AMOC never collapsed, but with a globally averaged temperature offset of about 0. Interestingly, the effect of atmospheric cooling due to an AMOC collapse is associated with heat flow from the atmosphere into the ocean, which has been witnessed during the climate hiatus of the last 15 years.
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A similar reversal of energy flow is also visible at the top of the atmosphere. These very different fingerprints in energy flow between atmospheric radiative forcing and internal ocean circulation processes make it possible to attribute the cause of a climate hiatus period.