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This supercell photo is real, but it is often doctored with landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. (Credit: Weather Channel)

The Weather Channel collected a handful of oft-used fake photos of weather to hopefully warn viewers to not be duped by phony storm pictures.

Some were more obviously fake than others — like a picture of Paula Deen sitting on a cross that crashed into an “Adult World” shop or a “tornado gobbling up a rainbow.”

Paula Deen wasn’t sitting on top of a cross that crashed into an adult store. The photo is a phony.


But others included in the Weather Channel’s list have duped the media before.

For example, the first picture in the Weather Channel’s collection shows a supercell storm cloud. The cloud is real and was taken by a storm chaser. But the cloud was doctored into a picture of the Statue of Liberty during Hurricane Sandy.

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A real supercell photo was Photoshopped into an image of the Statue of Liberty during Hurricane Sandy.


iMediaEthics has previously written about a couple of the faked photos, including an image of a shark purportedly swimming through flood waters. But, the shark first was published in 2005 and was later Photoshopped into different locations and misidentified as a Puerto Rico flood during Hurricane Irene.

Nope! No sharks were caught swimming through Puerto Rico flood waters during Hurricane Irene! The shark photo was originally published in 2005 in Africa Geographic


See the Weather Channel’s collection of seven doctored storm photos and be on the lookout as Hurricane Season starts June 1.

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