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FAKE-NEWS - 'Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall'


Outline

Viral 'news' report claims that meteorologists and weather science experts warn that there is a 99% chance that the entire United States will experience 'record shattering snow storms' in coming months.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are nonsense. Meteorologists have made no such prediction. The bogus report was published by the fake-news website Empire News. Nothing published on Empire News should be given any credence whatsoever. The site claims to be satirical, although many would suggest that the stories it publishes are hardly deserving of that term.

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Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall Coming Soon


Detailed Analysis

Viral Report Predicts 'Record-Shattering' Snowfalls in US

According to a report that is going viral on the interwebs, causing genuine concern and confusion as it circulates, the United States will soon receive 'record shattering snow storms' with some regions expected to get up to 50 times the amount of snow they have received in previous winters.

Supposedly, doctor of global weather sciences, Boris Scvediok, Senior Administrator of Meteorologists Edward F. Blankenbaker, and other weather experts have predicted the arrival of the unprecedented snowfalls in coming months.

Via the report, these experts warn that there is a 99% chance of a massive cold front generating a 'once in a lifetime' snowy winter that will affect the entire United States.

Report is a Hoax - Comes Courtesy of Fake-News Site 'Empire News'

However, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. The dire weather predictions in the report are fiction. The supposed experts quoted in the article are not real.

The story was published by the fake-news website Empire News. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously. The site includes the following disclaimer:

Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.
However, this disclaimer can only be accessed via a small link in the footer of the site's pages, thus ensuring that many readers will not even notice it. And, because the site presents its fictional articles in seemingly legitimate news format, many readers are apt to believe the reports and pass them on to others.

Pseudo-Satire Sites Now Churning Out an Endless Stream of Drivel

An increasing number of these fake-news, supposedly satirical, websites have emerged in recent years. Between them, they churn out an endless stream of pointless and nonsensical reports that circulate virally via social media, duping users as they travel.

It is thus wise to verify any 'news' reports that come your way via legitimate news outlets before you share them on your networks.



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Last updated: September 9, 2014
First published: September 9, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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