Claim:   Photograph shows Hurricane Irene hitting the coast of North Carolina.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, August 2011]

“Irene in North Carolina by Luanne Ferragine.”


Origins:   This is not a photograph of Hurricane Irene, which hit the Atlantic coast of the United States in late August 2011, reaching the shores of North Carolina. It’s actually a picture of a thunderstorm off Pensacola Beach in Florida taken a few weeks before Hurricane Irene. Pictures of thunderstorm supercells (shelf clouds) are often mistaken for images of hurricanes, as was the case with a series of photos of weather phenomena which were mistakenly labeled as depicting Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Last updated:   29 August 2011