Phony report calls for 'record-breaking snowfall'

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'
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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)
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)
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)
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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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