Social media & weather: Beware of bogus accounts

Social media & weather: Beware of bogus accounts

Social media is a fantastic tool for getting essential information out to the masses, but in the world of weather it can also be our worst enemy. Too often we find self-proclaimed "weather geeks" creating bogus Facebook and Twitter accounts that spread sensationalized, erroneous forecasts.

Sadly, many people come across their forecasts and end up believing them. They see the graphics due to one of their friends sharing or retweeting the information, and they believe it because creators have named their accounts something that sounds reputable.

For example, I'm sure you've seen a bizarre graphic popping up on your newsfeed, and the source of said graphic comes from an account that goes by, I don't know, let's say... "Weather Alert Central" or "Louisiana Hurricane Center". The graphic is then titled "the next Katrina?" or "another blizzard of '93?"

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