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Sorry mods if this doesn't belong in it's own thread but HOLY COW - Picture of Irene off the coast of North Carolina (scary)


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http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/isabel.asp

http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/storm.asp

I'm 99 and a half percent sure this picture has absolutely nothing to do with Irene, Isabel, or any other hurricane. Aside from people claiming over and over ad nauseum that these are HURRICANE APPROACHING pictures, a little analysis will quickly disprove it.

First, a hurricane is hundreds and hundreds of miles wide. When it "approaches" all you see is some normal clouds moving in and it starts to sprinkle rain. The "hurricane" in this picture is like a mile wide.

Second, even if you go the route of claiming this was the eye, Irene did not have a well defined eyewall anytime when it was near shore. Plus, there is a fairly clear sky just outside of the circular wall of cloud. This does not happen ANYWHERE near the center of a hurricane.

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First, a hurricane is hundreds and hundreds of miles wide. When it "approaches" all you see is some normal clouds moving in and it starts to sprinkle rain. The "hurricane" in this picture is like a mile wide.

I disagree and have seen similar formations (it is not the eye of course),though it does look more like a supercell

Hurricanes_2.jpg

http://volney-bodley-weather-project.wikispaces.com/HURRICANES+2+%28Lightning+Strikers%29

cool pics

http://www.extremeinstability.com/faves/

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I disagree and have seen similar formations (it is not the eye of course),though it does look more like a supercell

Maybe I'm missing your point, but what do you disagree with? That hurricanes are hundreds of miles wide? That when a hurricane approaches, the first thing you get are the outer bands which start with sprinkling? Or that the "hurricane" in the picture is only like a mile wide?

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Outer bands can include supercells,not just clouds and sprinkles

just because it appears small is not proof,though it certainly looks bigger than a mile to me

shelf cloud

w-439-02.jpg

http://www.weatherscapes.com/photo.php?cat=clouds&id=w-439-02

example

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/6187644/Storm-Chaser-a-photographers-journey-into-hurricanes-tornadoes-and-supercell-thunderstorms.html?image=10

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Outer bands can include supercells,not just clouds and sprinkles

Yes, I agree completely, but the bands are also huge and you don't see supercell shelf clouds leading the way on the very outer edge (or what you would see "approaching") In Irene, in Katrina, in every hurricane there ever was, the reporters in the path always have their "first contact shot" where they have the umbrella up for a few drops of rain, and show some flags waving healthily. Certainly, the band could bring some nasty storms as it progresses.

It's not that big a deal, just the main point is that this photo is a bunch of ca-ca. It is clearly in the same vein as MANY historical hoaxes, and almost certainly depicts a location much further south than North Carolina where there are numerous palm trees.

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My mistake then :(

it's ok you're not the only one who was duped. my facebook feed is clogged with what seems like dozens of copies of the same pic b/c everyone thinks it's Irene. much like the fake MLK quote after the Bin Laden death.

still a cool pic though.

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