A satire website has many believing excessive snow, and maybe the sky, will be falling.
A winter forecast map that is going viral and suggests above-normal snowfall for most of the country – and “well above-normal” snow for the Mid-Atlantic and New England – comes from a satire website.
Dire Winter Forecast Going Viral
The story has been shared widely across social media, carrying the headline “Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall Coming Soon.” The accompanying map forecasts an unusually snowy winter for about two-thirds of the country, and a corridor of even heavier snow from Virginia to Maine.
In the story on EmpireNews.net, a Dr. Boris Scvediok, doctor of global weather sciences, explains that snowfall is expected to dramatically exceed normal seasonal totals.
The Snowfall is predicted to start by the end of September
“Because this year the snowfall is predicted to start by the end of September or the beginning of October, you can expect to multiply that number by up to five, ten, maybe even twenty times in some areas,” Scvedoik says in the article. “In the worst zones, you could see 50 times the amount of snow you’ve had in the past.”
Is the Dire Winter Forecast Too Dramatic?
If that winter forecast sounds a little too dramatic to be true, it’s because it is. As is often the case with stories from similar hoax news sites, the slightly plausible nature of the headline induced many users to post and repost the link without careful examination,” the myth-busting website Snopes.com wrote about the Empire News story. Anyway this is the Dire Winter Forecast Going Viral. If you are looking for more winter forecasts, we recommend you to check out the Farmers Almanac.