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The movie opens with Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) in Antarctica with two colleagues, Frank and Jason (Jay O. Sanders and Dash Mihok), drilling for ice core samples on the Larsen Ice Shelf for NOAA. The ice shelf cracks and breaks off from the rest of the continent and Jason almost falls to his death. Jack then travels to a United Nations conference held in New Delhi, India on global warming where Diplomats from several countries, particularly the Vice-President of the United States (Kenneth Welsh), are unconvinced by Jack's theory.
The idea, however, resonates with Professor Terry Rapson (Ian Holm) of the Hedland Climate Research Centre in Scotland. Shortly after Dr. Rapson arrives back in Scotland from the climate conference, two buoys in the North Atlantic simultaneously show a massive drop in water temperature. Rapson soon concludes that the melting of the polar ice has begun to disrupt the North Atlantic current and calls Jack to see if his paleoclimatological weather model, a reconstructional data of the palaeoclimate change of the past which caused the first Ice Age, could be used to predict what will happen, and when it will occur. Jack is surprised because he predicted that the events would not happen in his lifetime, but rather in a hundred or a thousand years in the future. Soon Jack, with the aid of Frank, Jason, and NASA's meteorologist Janet Tokada (Tamlyn Tomita), begin to build a forecast model with his, Rapson's, and Tokada's datum.
Across the world, violent weather causes mass destruction and chaos: A hailstorm, with hailstones bigger than footballs, strikes Tokyo, Japan, devastating the city. In Los Angeles, a tornado warning is issued, due to a sudden outbreak of telltale funnel-systems. The first tornado strikes a residential area. Another tornado destroys the Hollywood Sign as seen by a news helicopter. In Downtown Los Angeles, a huge tornado, presumably an F-3, devastates the entire area. A news van reporting on the storm spots two large tornadoes in Los Angeles International Airport apparently merging as they devastate planes. As the news crew travels through the city, they narrowly avoid being struck by vehicles thrown through the air by the tornadoes in the Greater Los Angeles. A separate news report shows the Los Angeles Skyline being destroyed and the Capitol Records Building is shown being torn apart. Eventually, it is shown that most of the city has been levelled.
The U.S. President (Perry King), authorizes the FAA to suspend all air-traffic over the United States, although the order comes too late, as two planes are brought down by severe turbulence (including an Avianca Boeing 707). Not long after, three RAF helicopters that are on their way to the British Royal Family to carry them to safety are flying through one of three massive hurricane-like superstorms when they enter the eye, only to encounter a massive and phenomenal temperature drop lower than −150 °F (−101.1 °C) that instantly freezes their fuel lines and rotors causing them to crash. One of the crew opens the door of one of the craft, only to be instantly frozen.
Meanwhile, Jack's son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), is traveling to New York City for an academic competition with his friends, Brian and Laura (Arjay Smith and Emmy Rossum). On the flight over, there is severe turbulence, and Sam grabs Laura's hand in fright. During the time of the competition, the weather is shown to be becoming increasingly violent with strong winds and torrential rains. After the competition, Sam and his friends are stuck in New York as all flights have been canceled. Sam calls his father, promising him he'll be on the next train home. The group take shelter in J.D.'s apartment for the night while the storm worsens, forcing subways to close due to flooding, which shuts down Grand Central Station. J.D. offers to give them a ride to Philadelphia, where they can continue to Washington by other means.
As the four walk to J.D.'s car, an enormous tidal wave surges towards Manhattan, half-blanketing the Statue of Liberty, then reaching the island. The massive wave blankets the island, lifting a bus up and leaving the streets under several feet of water. Sam and his friends barely make it to the shelter of the New York Public Library. In Scotland, Rapson and his co-workers are trapped in their research lab by the deepening snow and the storm. They are last seen drinking scotch as the power supply fails, and eventually runs out. It is mentioned that one of Rapson's staff's wife and child were on a boat to Spain, where they will be safer from the environmental destruction.