Meteorologists and weather geeks paid tribute to Bill Paxton after word of his untimely death got out yesterday.
Paxton was "so beloved in the weather community" that the National Weather Service tweeted a salute to the actor.
They wrote, "Twister was an inspiration to many budding meteorologists over the last 20 years. Thank you, Bill Paxton, a.k.a. Bill "The Extreme" Harding."
Paxton also inspired nearly 200 storm chasers to spell out the initials "B-P" using G.P.S. coordinates on a live map showing the heart of Tornado Alley.. Weather experts who appreciated how Paxton's "The Extreme" made meteorology cool still cling to Twister memorabilia. In fact, Dorothy, the tornado-chasing contraption from the film, now sits in the lobby of the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, a major center of atmospheric research into tornadoes and the home of the Storm Prediction Center.