By: Natalie Wolchover, Life’s Little Mysteries Staff Writer
If, sometime in the past few days, you saw a photo alleging to show Hurricane Isaac barreling over ominously still waters as it approached the Gulf Coast, scrub the image from your memory: the photo is fake.
“I’ve seen versions of that photo since at least 2005,” added Brian McClure, also a meteorologist at the Tampa Bay-based news station.
The current incarnation of the picture claiming to show Isaac was posted to Twitter several days ago, retweeted thousands of times, and even used by some media outlets to accompany its coverage of the storm before the hoax came to light.
Similar fakery occurred last August during Hurricane Irene, when another photo of a supercell thunderstorm, superimposed on a picture of a Florida beach, got retweeted hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter. Likewise, in 2005, supercell storm pictures circulated as alleged shots of Hurricane Katrina making landfall.
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