An impressive and incredibly daunting weather warning from The Weather Channel's AMHQ show has gone viral on Twitter.
The two-and-a-half minute clip was presented by meteorologist Stephanie Abrams, who warned of the very real danger of wildfires destroying the wilderness and threatening residents in California.
Strap in for the most apocalyptic weather report you've ever seen:
The Santa Ana winds are fueling fire weather watches this weekend in California...our @StephanieAbrams shows you ju… https://t.co/3hoddLPfSo— AMHQ (@AMHQ)1539860405.0
Don't worry: No animated animals were harmed in the making of this film.
Abrams explained how dry, hot conditions create the perfect scenario for wildfires to start and spread, warning that some fires can consume up to a football field every second.
The result? A frightening reality where neighborhoods look like something from a dystopian nightmare:
@AMHQ @StephanieAbrams https://t.co/h6HfcVxbGD— Edd Dracott (@Edd Dracott)1539954681.0
@AMHQ @StephanieAbrams - We should use imperial units. - No, International metric system is better. - None of them, football fields system!— Ikifenix (@Ikifenix)1539895148.0
The video was watched and interacted with thousands of times on Twitter, with many impressed by the sort of detail that rivals many a Hollywood film:
@AMHQ @StephanieAbrams How about those graphics? For the groggy person who woke to The Weather Channel, one would t… https://t.co/r1LWMlgOBU— Mr Smokè⛽💨! (@Mr Smokè⛽💨!)1539864661.0
@AMHQ @OnYourOwn_Game @StephanieAbrams Who is the art team doing all this new UE hotness for the Weather Channel?— 𝕧𝕚𝕔 𝕕𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕠𝕟 (@𝕧𝕚𝕔 𝕕𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕠𝕟)1539888031.0
@AMHQ @StephanieAbrams Can we get an alien invasion simulation please— Da Vid (@Da Vid)1539949353.0
@AMHQ @StephanieAbrams I can't help but to think how dope of a music video you could make using that set up. I'm as… https://t.co/563ls4ndNx— jacob Marange (@jacob Marange)1539946819.0
@AMHQ @StephanieAbrams When is this coming out on PS4?— Seán Wrenn (@Seán Wrenn)1539950500.0
@AMHQ @StephanieAbrams Thought this was Mordor. Waiting for a hobbit to show up.— JerryAscione (@JerryAscione)1539951054.0
This isn't the first time the mixed reality style has been used by weather reporters, however.
Here, the Weather Channel used the technology to illustrate the dangers of storm surges during Hurricane Florence earlier in the year:
Storm surge will be a huge factor for Hurricane #Florence Check out what it might look like with @TWCErikaNavarro: https://t.co/TPqTZTmiAM— The Weather Channel (@The Weather Channel)1536863199.0
Inside of being surrounded by a raging fire, this meteorologist was channeling her best Charlton Heston From The Ten Commandments:
@weatherchannel @TWCErikaNavarro She reminded me of Moses.— Ryan Voegele (@Ryan Voegele)1536870816.0
@RyanVoegele @weatherchannel @TWCErikaNavarro 🙏🏽 https://t.co/lesNEILM77— Mike Poynton (@Mike Poynton)1536893638.0
You never know what could come out of that wall of water:
@MikePoynton @RyanVoegele @weatherchannel @TWCErikaNavarro Then there's always this sort of thing to watch out for… https://t.co/t4tLPUBQRo— Michael Williamson (@Michael Williamson)1536936385.0
But hey, if it keeps meteorologists out of actual harm's way, then we're all for it:
@Hondo704 @AMHQ @StephanieAbrams Better than putting EMS guys in danger for ratings. Totally for the use of tech to keep folks safe.— UniversalHealing (@UniversalHealing)1539950796.0
@AMHQ @StephanieAbrams The mixed-reality video is a great way to present dangerous weather phenomena. Keep up the g… https://t.co/sEY6JD6mey— AndrewJinHer (@AndrewJinHer)1539941595.0
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.