Phony report calls for 'record-breaking snowfall'

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Are Rumors of Record-Breaking Snowfall This Winter True?

(PIX11) – A fake report is causing some confusion online by claiming winter will start this month and last through June of 2015.

It was posted on the satirical website Empire News, the same website that sparked a Betty White death rumor with an article joking about her dying her hair.

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Phony report calls for 'record-breaking snowfall'
A man inspects an ice covered downed tree that took out an utility line and landed atop a minivan, after a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Ice blanketing the Hanover area. #pawx http://t.co/OUtqiuPZU1
my Duane Reade in Union Square..scary. http://t.co/Bg30wl81eO
A car drives around a fallen tree, as a SEPTA train creeps along tracks nearby Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Train service was disrupted Wednesday because icy conditions created a dangerous situation. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Men try to clear the streets of snow and slush on Broadway near Lincoln Center February 5, 2014 in New York after an overnight storm dropped more snow in the area. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A snow plow clears U.S. Route 20 during a snowfall Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2014, in Marlborough, Mass. Up to a foot of snow was predicted in some parts of Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
United States Postal Service vehicles sit covered with snow in a parking lot Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Marlborough, Mass., as up to a foot of snow was predicted in parts of Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
An ice covered tree limb that took out a utility line blocks the path of a firetruck after a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: A man carries a girl across a snowy street on February 5, 2014 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
An overturned car lies on Highway 416, a few miles south of Henderson, Ky., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. According to Kentucky State Police, Shelby Below, 18, with her brother Dalton Below, 15, in the car, hit a slick spot while returning home from school, went off on the shoulder, hit a tree stump and flipped. Dalton Below was transported to a hospital, for evaluation of a possible head injury. (AP Photo/The Gleaner, Mike Lawrence)
A businessman carries an umbrella, and a dress shirt on a hanger, while making his way through slush and snow in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. While New York City public schools remain open, there are transit delays in the area's subways, commuter rail lines and airports. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: A man uses cardboard to cover himself while walking down a snowy street during a snow storm on February 5, 2014 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: People board a bus on February 5, 2014 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: People attempt to walk across a snowy street during a snow storm on February 5, 2014 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: Men shovel a snowy sidewalk on February 5, 2014 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A woman uses an umbrella against the freezing rain as she passes the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. New York City's sanitation commissioner says some secondary streets still need plowing but overall snow removal was going well. Around 6 inches of snow are expected in parts of the metropolitan area on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Juan Garcia shovels snow from a sidewalk in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. While New York City public schools remain open, there are transit delays in the area's subways, commuter rail lines and airports. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A pedestrian walks in the snow in the Center Square neighborhood on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Hundreds of schools across upstate New York are closed and authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel as a snowstorm moves across the region. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A woman walks in the snow in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Hundreds of schools across upstate New York are closed and authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel as a snowstorm moves across the region. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A man crosses the street in front of the Illinois State Capitol Complex during a snowstorm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Just as the East Coast digs out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow, more of the same is moving through the Midwest and heading east again. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
A worker clears snow from the sidewalk along Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A county truck clears snow from the intersection of Douglas County roads 1 and 458 near Lone Star, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A crossing guard helps school children navigate a snow covered street in traffic during a snowstorm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Just as the East Coast digs out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow, more of the same is moving through the Midwest and heading east again. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Sledders enjoy a snowy Central Park in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The National Weather Service said Monday's storm, which brought 8 inches of snow to New York City, will be followed by a new storm in the Midwest on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A woman makes her way past the Illinois State Capitol during a fast moving snow storm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Just as the East Coast digs out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow, more of the same is moving through the Midwest and heading east again. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Traffic travels west on a snow packed I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Schools throughout Kansas canceled classes and state government ground to a halt Tuesday as residents dealt with a winter storm that brought heavy snow across the state (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A man rides his bike near the Illinois State Capitol Complex during a snowstorm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Just as the East Coast digs out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow, more of the same is moving through the Midwest and heading east again. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
People walk through a snow-covered Central Park in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The National Weather Service said Monday's storm, which brought 8 inches of snow to New York City, will be followed by a new storm in the Midwest on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A jogger and pedestrian cross a snowy Jayhawk Boulevard on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A major winter storm brought heavy snow Tuesday across much of Kansas, threatening the Topeka area with up to a foot of snow. Kansas government ground to a halt as lawmakers postponed legislative work and state departments urged their workers to stay home. Schools throughout the state canceled classes. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Heavy snow packs Kansas 10 at its junction with the Kansas Turnpike, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, near Lecompton, Kan. A winter storm has shut down schools across Kansas and prompted government offices to close. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
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You may have seen some rumors swirling on Facebook, but let us reiterate: they are not true.

More than 400,000 people shared the "news" on Facebook, not realizing that it was a joke. In the article, one fake "doctor of meteorology" claimed that winter would start now, and last through June of next year. It also said that this year's extended winter would include twenty times the snow we had last year.

Meteorologist Rachel Frank reminds us that it's far too early for winter predictions ... and that we all got tricked by the 'big blue map.'

"We are not expecting this to be a record-shattering winter," Frank explained. "The Farmer's Almanac is forecasting a brutal winter, but that forecast is based on astronomical calculation that one person does ... so you have to take that with a grain of salt."

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