An article issued yesterday by fake news website Empire News claims that meteorologists have predicted record-shattering snowfall for the upcoming winter.
Hot on the heels of last week’s Betty White death hoax, Empire News is already hunting for their next fake story to go viral. Although the Empire News site contains an ‘About/Disclaimer’ that asserts it’s writings are satire stories for the purpose of amusement, this latest article is not comical and appears to capitalize on a fair bit of fear mongering.
The article claims that meteorologists and weather experts within the United States are anticipating record breaking snow accumulation which may begin as early as late September and end as late as the following June. Snow the likes of which we have never seen before are foreseen along with food shortages. It is claimed that the Northeast and Midwest would bear the brunt of the massive blizzard, but the whole country would be affected.
In late August, a round of mainstream news articles appeared which informed that the Old Farmer’s Almanac had predicted another frigid winter for 2015. According to a CBS affiliate out of Pittsburgh, the 223-year-old almanac has a 80% accuracy rate for it’s predictions and “…employs modern technology but still uses the “secret formula” that founder Robert Thomas devised in 1792. By combining the study of sunspots, prevailing weather patterns and basic meteorology, the almanac’s weather staff comes up with a long-range forecast.”
Both the Old Farmer’s Almanac article and the Empire News story are sure to make many people recall last winter which was quite harsh in some parts of the United States. However, it should be noted that the Empire News article is a fake news item, and is attempting to exploit fears regarding the upcoming winter season. A Google search on two of the weather experts mentioned in the feature reveals no results except for those that originated from Empire News. Don’t believe the hype.
Meteorologists have not predicted record-shattering snowfall for the upcoming winter of 2015. The article claiming this is a fake news piece from Empire News, a site known for creating satirical stories which it admits are intended only for “entertainment”.