A devastating snowfall predicted for Northwest Montana in early 2018 is fake news. There is no truth to a report that meteorologists from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research, predicted a heavy snowfall.
Where did this fake news originate? React365 published the fake news article claiming that a devastating snowfall will happen in Montana in early 2018. You can read the fake news below.
Meteorologists at NASA’s Charles Darwin Research Facility have recently discovered a disturbing cosmic anomaly that they are certain will cause record snowfalls to hit the entire Northwest Corridor this coming winter. Northwest Montana will face the brunt of this storm, with snowfall levels predicted to reach 34 feet in the month of January alone. If that’s not enough, winds of up to 120 mph are predicted to prevail throughout most of the latter half of January, and into early February.
“It’s something we’ve never seen before, and it’s a real concern. People need to be aware of this, so they can start evacuation preparations immediately. Winter is coming.”, said Jack Moff – Chief Analyst of the elite NASA research team.
Residents of the affected areas are urged to find alternate living arrangements as soon as possible. We’ll update this article soon, as more information becomes public.
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax Alert.
A search for a NASA-operated “Charles Darwin Research Facility” does not come up with any results. The thing that comes closest is the Charles Darwin Research Station on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean which is not operated by NASA. Rather, the Charles Darwin Research Station is a research facility housing an extensive collection of preserved specimens of Galápagos plant life.
Furthermore, React365 is a prank website that allows users to submit a headline, description and photo to create prank news articles. React365 carries a disclaimer at the bottom of every page:
This website is an entertainment website, news are created by users. These are humourous news, fantasy, fictional, that should not be seriously taken or as a source of information.
The Almanac is predicting the following for Billings, Mont., for November 2017 through October 2018.
Winter will be warmer than normal, with slightly above-normal precipitation. The coldest periods will be from late November into early December and from late December into early January. Snowfall will be below normal in the north and above in the south, with the snowiest periods in mid- and late November, mid- to late December, and early to mid-March. April and May will be cooler than normal, with precipitation a bit above normal. Summer will be a bit hotter than normal, with slightly below normal rainfall. The hottest periods will be in early and mid- to late July and mid-August. September and October will be cooler than normal, with slightly above normal rainfall.
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