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09-17-2014 10:41 AM
A few days ago, Hobby posted an article that I finally got around to looking into. Here's what I found:
Beware of bogus blogs about winter
A recent article has gone viral in a similar fashion to some high school kid’s Facebook post last winter calling for 40-50 inches of snow a few weeks ahead of time. Were you duped?
This recent article claims record shattering snowfall in tandem withsoaring milk and bread prices. The US map showing most of the nation with above normal snowfall is a hoax! We could still be in for a lot of fun this winter, but nothing based on that fake forecast is relevant. The data by Empire News is not true. It is so ridiculous and fooled so many, I will NOT link to it here since that will only feed into their attempts to make money off of your views.
There has been NO CLAIM EVER by NWS with a 99% confidence for a season ahead of time. that itself is almost comical.
This quote below should have tipped your off that this was a parody or fake news:
“For the sake of comparison to the past winter, lets say that your area received a total of twenty inches of accumulative snow for the season. 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. In the worst zones, you could see 50 times the amount of snow you’ve had in the past.”
If that were true, then Baltimore would have a minimum of 195 inches of snow.
Even the people quoted might not be real. Their titles are suspicious:
- Dr. Boris Scvediok, a doctor of global weather sciences
- Edward F. Blankenbaker, Senior Administrator of Meteorologists
- Rebecca Miller, FDA Spokesperson
In addition to my own skepticism, this has been debunked by Snopes.com
I love snow but I do not let it cloud my outlooks or want to jump on the hype machine. I will continue to stand by my strategy for seasonal outlooks and my first call around Halloween.
Just be careful what you read. There are many credible meteorologists online and many of us have different opinions. But when you see a website, check to make sure it is legit.
There is no Dr. Boris Scvediok. Just another person on the internet playing games....
09-17-2014 11:21 AM
C-X-1, yes, the sunspot activity is low, even with us at solar max. Not at record lows though, but certainly one of the lowest solar max sunspot activity events that we have had in the last 200 years. This will have consequences for us for the next 10 years, until we build activity into the next solar max cycle. Hopefully, the sun isn't in the process of going dormant for the next 50 years. Getting to Norway to see the aurora borealis is on my bucket list. No solar activity - no aurora.
But hey - our new record crop forecast for 2015 is just a few short months away. I can't wait.
09-17-2014 07:01 PM
Warning Warning Warning Beware of bogus crop reports predicting a record crop before the season begins..........
Isn't it interesting while we have been playing with our weather, GPS, and surfing the web for photo shopped big "ears", the powers that be have been wrestling for domination of the unaccountable "information" source leadership.
09-18-2014 06:26 AM
I've seen one wooly worm. He was crawling south if that means anything
Dang Gurly -- This is not good - it way to early ! most times we don't see flocks of woolies heading south for a nother month or so -- or was that cranes ? anyway it don't sound good -
09-18-2014 09:15 AM
Not if the woolly votes left. ---Could be an attempt to mislead.
We thought Clinton loved the internet for the free porn. But controling the message is the why the fight for the internet is so intense.
How long will it work?