Amazing Photo of Hurricane Isaac Is Fake

Meteorologists say this image is Photoshopped.

Meteorologists say this image is Photoshopped.

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.

“It is a Photoshopped picture of a supercell thunderstorm that seems to pop up with a new foreground every time there is a hurricane threat anywhere,” Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said.

“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.

More: Amazing Photo of Hurricane Isaac Is Fake | LifesLittleMysteries.com.

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