Satellite View

Does a photograph show a satellite view of the Hurricane Katrina?

Claim:   Photograph shows a satellite image of Hurricane Katrina.

Status:   Real photo; inaccurate description.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2005]

Is this really a picture of Hurricane Katrina? It's pretty far east of florida?

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Origins:   This satellite-generated image of a weather phenomenon has to be one of the hardest-working pictures in show business. In September 2004 it was circulated as a photograph of Hurricane Frances, in December 2004 it was circulated as a photograph of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and in August 2005 it was circulated as a photograph of Hurricane Katrina.

Despite its reputation as an all-purpose storm photograph, this picture is actually a satellite image of Hurricane Floyd from September 1999. Similar genuine satellite images of Hurricane Katrina (such as this one) can be found on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) web site.

Last updated:   1 September 2005

 

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