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That Amazing Weather Picture You Tweeted? Um, It's a Fake.

An image of Mt. Fuji that captivated Twitter users wasn't exactly legit
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

A doctored photo of Mt. Fuji tweeted by @earthposts Wednesday, Nov. 6. They wrote, "Mount Fuji lenticular clouds. pic.twitter.com/F7OQEZEi00."

The Twitterverse lit up Wednesday, Nov. 6, when @EarthPosts tweeted this incredible photo of rings of lenticular clouds crowning Japan's Mt. Fuji. EarthPosts has more than 200,000 followers, and the image was retweeted over and over again, sometimes with an additional, "Wow!"

The only problem? As a number of observers pointed out, the photo was a known fake.

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The original photo appeared over a year ago, posted to the FanPop.com website.



Months later, in March 2013, a blogger for the News & Observer featured both the original and doctored images and wondered why on Earth people feel the urge to doctor an already amazing image.

The News & Observer explained that lenticular clouds form when air is moving over a rise in land elevation, such as a mountain. The cloud in the original image was resized and stacked upon itself to create the crown-like formation shown in the edited picture.

In keeping with the old adage: If that weather photo seems too good to be true, alas, it quite possibly is.

SEE ON SKYE: 7 Incredible - and Real - Lenticular Clouds

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Hank Kerchef

so who cares, it looks cool,,,, all the cry babies need to go Faaaaaa themselves. These pathetic cry babies and people who knock every little thing are such Doooooshbags.

November 08 2013 at 5:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

I've seen stacked lenticular clouds on several occasions, but they've always been on the downwind side of the mountain, not centered over the top.

November 07 2013 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hazel

This is what the mother ship will look like when they land .there will be ships landing all over the countrys..

November 07 2013 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scottee

everything is virtual today.
virtual news
virtual photos
virtual statistics
virtual dollars
how is that sustainable or honorable?

November 07 2013 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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CUSACitizen

It will be sustainable and honorable in a virtual morals world.

November 07 2013 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jgesselberty

You left out "virtual intelligence." A lot of people with an iphone, pad or laptop, think that those devices are a substitute for real knowledge.

November 07 2013 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
xtwistedsxangelx

Seriously, You can actually tell it's fake, I'm assuming most are of those people didn't graduate 1st grade that thought it was real

November 07 2013 at 7:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

I just love it when a headline includes a grunt.

November 07 2013 at 7:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pooua

"wondered why on Earth people feel the urge to doctor an already amazing image."

I wonder the same thing every time I see a beautiful woman with a tattoo.

November 07 2013 at 12:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ImportantFacts

Uhmmm....The News and Observer of WHAT CITY? Basic journalism kids, basic journalism. Who, what, where, why and how? When you quote a source, accurately identify it. Geeze....

November 06 2013 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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croshatch

Ummmm.... it's a link. If you clicked on it you would find it's NewsandObserver.com.

November 07 2013 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

Hey, just stare at that picture and it looks like the clouds are moving up and down. It is weird. Like an optical illusion.

November 06 2013 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cornhusker630

You want fake photos? Try The Center for Cretaceous Studies and their "live" dinosaurs! It's a great laugh.

November 06 2013 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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