The bogosity of Winter Storm Bodil

There’s so much desperation to tie extreme weather to climate change these days, that some people have taken to photoshopping faked images to make the point. In case you didn’t catch that, it’s a double entendre. Observe.

Sadly, even the Danes have picked up the Weather Channel’s silly naming of non tropical and winter storms. It even has a Wikipedia page. This photo of winter storm “Bodil” is circulating today on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media as it approaches Denmark:


One look at the mesocyclone in that locale told me it was bogus, not only is it meteorologically unlikely, the light is all wrong. It’s comically bad. But the hilarity has to do with the fact that the image is doubly bogus. It has been photoshopped twice. Once to put the storm over the city, and a second time to take out the logo identifying it as a gag image produced by a satire website.

Here’s the “gag” image:



Note the 9GAG logo (above my drawn red arrow) has been removed and is now in the wild as shown above in Twitter. Yes, that’s right, they faked the fake.

Here is the original mesocyclone, from Montana, USA



The picture from Denmark that mesocyclone was added to is of Nyhavn canal, in Copenhagen, a touristy spot. It also has its own Wikipedia page.

While I couldn’t find the exact night photo used to make the fake, this one its very close, taken just a few steps up from the original vantage point:

Update: The original Copenhagen scene has been located, h/t to ArtRubicon and Helge K


This fake of “Bodil” now join the ranks of other faked weather events, such as this laughable faked photo supposedly from Hurricane Sandy:

fake_ny_storm[1] Urban Legends has this explanation:

It was created by combining a fairly standard image of New York Harbor with a 2004 photo of a supercell thunderstorm taken by professional storm chaser Mike Hollingshead.

And this faked one from Hurricane Katrina:


So, if you see somebody pushing any of these faked photos as proof of (take your pick: global warming, climate disruption, Al Gore is near, Bigfoot, Chemtrails, weather control, or increasing extreme weather) set them straight.

UPDATE2:  I forgot to add a link to this example of photoshopping from a couple years back, where Al Gore had to add hurricanes to his book cover. He couldn’t even get the hemispheric rotation right, likely because he’s never heard of the Coriolis Force.

Not finding any, Gore airbrushes in hurricanes for his new book




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Janice Moore

Well, am I relieved. Better call Dr. Svalgaard and tell him the good news. He’s been worried sick. (heh, heh)

Humanity is doomed

Helge K

With such obviously faked stuff, it is better to pass them on, hype them excessively, and make your own fakes over your own city, pass them on, hype them excessively, etc. Will wake people to the facts and cause them to check their sources much more than trying to tell the truth ever would.

High Treason

There are heaps of things one could do with the storm section-put it over the White House, put it as a halo on Obama, Golden Gate bridge. Photo would have looked better with HDR vivid colours.

That is why on Twitter I said it look’s like the storms we see on the prairie Alberta Canada.


140 mph…not quite!
4 Dec: UK Daily Mail: Sea walls already breached by raging seas more than two hours BEFORE high tide as 140mph
(SCROLL DOWN) The Met Office said the Atlantic storm brought severe gales of between 60mph and 80mph across Scotland and northern parts of England, and some mountainous regions in Aberdeenshire and Inverness-shire reported speeds of around 140mph…
(SCROLL WAY, WAY, WAY DOWN) Anne Edwards, editor of the Great Yarmouth Mercury, was one of those told to leave their homes tonight, but is determined to ride out the storm with
sandbags and supplies.
***She was awoken by an alert call from the Environment Agency at 6.30am,
warning of severe flooding in the area of her home, which is a mile from the
Ms Edwards, who believes hundreds of homes are being evacuated, said: ‘We’re
staying put. The house we live in was flooded in 1953 and there’s a
four-and-a-half foot-high water line in the dining room from then.
‘We always knew we might be at risk of flooding, so there is a camping stove
upstairs and we have water and cans of food. If it’s going to happen, it’s
going to happen. We can go upstairs, it’s not going to kill us.’
She said she went into a ‘mad panic’ at receiving the automated call this
morning and hunted for her home insurance policy. Her husband has bought
sandbags and the couple have containers ready to fill with fresh water.
She said: ‘I’m going to get the paper out then go home for dinner, but then
I’ll be back in the office later. I’ve got my wellies ready.’…
In 1953 the region was the scene of Britain’s deadliest natural disaster of
the 20th century – the Big Flood – which left 307 dead and 40,000
Reuters uses 140 mph only:
5 Dec: Reuters: Erik Kirschbaum/Belinda Goldsmith: Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Britain, head to Europe
Two people were killed in Britain as the nation’s weather office measured winds of up to 225 km per hour (140 mph) when the storm slammed Scotland and
parts of England…


You may have indisputable proof that the photo is fake, but until a consensus of climate scientists agrees with you, you’re not allowed to make that claim. As we all know, consensus trumps all observational facts. /sarc
On a related note, are there any mainstream climate scientists who have openly condemned this kind of fakery? Or are they just happy to get support no matter how bogus it is?


Well, it was a fairly bad winter storm with gusts to 60 knots, high water about 5 feet about normal and up to 16 inches of snow (which is a lot for Sweden in December), but it was in no way nearly as bad as Gudrun in 2005.


FoE can’t let an opportunity pass…to make a case for more insurance cover:
8 Dec: Guardian: Mark Townsend: Half-million homes at risk are not covered by flood scheme
Government insurance plan ignores serious future effects of climate change, Friends of the Earth warns
Almost half the homes deemed at serious risk from flooding will not be covered under the government’s new flood insurance scheme because officials have decided to omit the future impact of climate change…
Initial assessments of the damage caused by Thursday’s surge indicates that 1,400 properties were flooded and up to 15,000 people had to leave their homes…
Yet the fact that the damage was less extensive than feared has led to praise for improved flood defences, with experts estimating they may have protected up to 800,000 properties…
Guy Shrubsole, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner, said: “Following the devastating damage caused by the biggest storm surge across the east coast in the past 60 years, it’s unforgivable that the government’s future flood insurance plan excludes consideration of climate change…
Guardian has two comments so far, but they’re not convinced at all:
MutantNinjaThinktank: This is a bone-headed article. Have a look at the ABI explanation of the scheme to see what it is designed to protect against and what it is not designed to protect against. Basically it covers eventualities up to a one in two hundred year chance of flooding, and anything above that is down to the government.
Idiotic scare-mongering like this merely discredits climate change activists and their cause.
Jacksavage: Flood protection, storm surges, insurance…why, there is just NOTHING those people at Friends of The Earth do not know best about, is there?
Frankly, were I the “officials” involved I should be tempted to request that FoE took a running jump at themselves.
The time will come….count on it. I am staggered that the two or three decades of wolf crying about global warming and climate change combined with the complete lack of any of the catastrophes so confidently predicted has not provoked this kind of reaction already.

DC Cowboy

The truly sad part is that I’d wager up to 50% of the world’s population (maybe more) will accept that as accurate and will NOT question it in the slightest. It shouldn’t, but the human’s apparent willingness to accept authority without question always surprises me.
OT but germane. Now the ‘alarmists’ are latching on to winter storms (and any cold weather event) as part of the ‘Climate extreme’ meme. The human capacity for idiotic statements does not surprise me, however.

The original genuine picture of the storm is awsome enough without having to fake anything. But it was jolly interesting thing to watch the tweeted picture being debunked and then the original ellements being scouted out on the internet. Do you remember when the Russians used to “airbrush|” those fallen from political grace from all official photographs. It couldn’t happed like that today.
If nanyone was trying to pass this tweet off as an aid to validating an argument for or against global warming should understand that this is a picture (albiet faked) of weather, not climate.

James McClellan

I never DREAMED it had anything whatsoever to do with Politics or the climate change argument, I just bought it was a beautiful picture. I still think so. Si none e vero, e ben trovato! May I suggest lightening up a little, brother and sister rationalists, for fear of appearing as boringly dogmatic as the other side?


“So, if you see somebody pushing any of these faked photos as proof of (take your pick: global warming, climate disruption, Al Gore is near, Bigfoot, Chemtrails, weather control, or increasing extreme weather) set them straight.”
… or don’t. These quaint vignettes should be noted and saved. They represent the great trough of low hanging fruit – the best of the worst of the lazy efforts made to support a cause. the ‘real’ scientists must cringe …


Good sleuthing.
Here in Northern Germany the storm wasn’t that remarkable. And, these incoming storms from the North Sea never have small scale circular structures,N Germany, and Denmark are flat and the storms just come in from West to Northwest, a fast huge front, that’s all; bringing rain, snow, and slightly rising temperatures at this time of year.

Curious George

Never underestimate alarmist’s ability to add 60 and 80, or to use Photoshop.

Met Office have the facts here.
The storm was not as strong as the one in January 2012 in Scotland.
Unfortunately the track of the storm, and its timing at the same time as the spring tides brought an unusually high storm surge.

Janice Moore

Mr. James McClellan (at 2:54pm) — You might want to do a bit of research into what the AGWers say they want to do. You cannot “control the climate” with out controlling…… people.
I think if you look into it further, you will discover that “climate change” is essentially about: control. And that’s all about politics. Yes, there are the Enviro-profiteers, but, they are only taking advantage of a playing field and rules (based on junk science, as you would likely agree) created by socialist-minded politicians.
Thus, Junk Science = > Government Control (by politicians funded by the Enviro-profiteers).
There is a logical connection; it is not mere conjecture.

Mike Tremblay

This type of storm is nothing new, a quick look at Wikipedia ( shows that a storm of this magnitude happens about every three years – remarkably, 8 happened in 1989.
The sad thing about the people who resort to this type of fear mongering is that because of the fact that it’s obviously a fake, and because they have been resorting to this meme so frequently, people, will begin to ignore the very real message that this could be a dangerous storm. (


The photos look like scenes from spielbergs poltergeist.
Off topic but this rather amused me,
Cold sardines? This isn’t what warming alarmists were expecting. The New Scientist reports:
Western Canada’s sardine fleet returned with no fish this month. The loss of the fishery, normally worth CAN$32 million (US$30.7 million), took many by surprise..
Pacific sardine populations fluctuate with water temperature. Colder water means fewer fish. Temperatures last fell in the 1940s, but heavy fishing continued, devastating the stock and ending fishing until sardines returned when waters warmed in the 1980s.
“We think this is set to happen again,” says Zwolinski, who tracked the population over the past century. He found that sardines have reproduced less since waters cooled in the 1990s.
As far south as California the fishermen are complaining of cold water:

Lil Fella from OZ

Even if real it doesn’t support climate change. I have seen some rare and very unusual cloud formation in NSW outback in Australia over the past 12 months but it is only weather!!! It is nothing in support of climate change whatsoever!

Alan Robertson

Can I use that?

Robert of Ottawa

Janice Moore on December 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm
Janice, the human race took a major step forward, became Human even, when it mastered control of an external energy source, AKA combustion, or fire. This enabled humans to get more value from the food they caught and enabled a rapid increase in brain size. Remember, the brain is a very expensive consumer of energy.
Anyone got the stats on this fact?
Anyone who says energy should be expensive and rationed are stating that food and health and all human activity should be rationed and controlled. In fact, they are saying that human life should be nasty, brutish and short.

Dubya G

Why is it that every bit of weather, even fairly benign, now has to have a name.
I am predicting another ‘storm’, with 10mph winds and perhaps a quarter inch of rain, in the week before Christmas. I am calling it “Geoffrey”.

Janice Moore

Dear Robert (of Ottawa),
I’m wondering how my comment at 3:20pm today logically leads to your comment at 3:54pm today. In other words, I’m afraid I am missing your point and would appreciate some clarification. Thanks and, please, forgive my obtuseness.
Your pro-Free Market, anti-AGW, WUWT ally for CO2 Truth,


Dubya G says:
December 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm
“Why is it that every bit of weather, even fairly benign, now has to have a name.”
We’ve been naming storm systems for half a century in Germany. Nothing to do with the latter day psychosis of CO2AGW.

omnologos says December 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm
Humanity is doomed

Tower of Babel, Part Deux, “The Aftermath/Post-normal Science”.
PNS (Post-Normal Science) – a concept developed by Silvio Funtowicz and Jerome Ravetz, a methodology of inquiry … for cases where “facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent”


And meanwhile a sharp little cold front came through central California today and pushed the Indian Wells Canyon RAWS station to a max gust of 99 mph and the station at Inyokern Airport read 76 mph. It topped our Mesquite (more firewood).

Robert of Ottawa says December 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Anyone who says energy should be expensive and rationed are stating that food and health and all human activity should be rationed and controlled. In fact, they are saying that human life should be nasty, brutish and short.

The unstated goals of ‘wealth redistribution’ (1) and ‘economic justice’ (2)?
1. Take everones’ pie, make the pie slices all the same size and give an equal portion back to everyone LESS the ‘cut’ for overhead (for the federal pie bureaucracy or the “Bureau of Pie Sizes”)
2. “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – K. M.


Jim, it’s more like “from each according to their laziness, to each according to their greed”

Yancey Ward

Global warming is causing a plague of faked photographs. At this rate of fakery, the world is clearly doomed.

Alan Robertson

Robert of Ottawa says:
December 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm
Anyone who says energy should be expensive and rationed are stating that food and health and all human activity should be rationed and controlled. In fact, they are saying that human life should be nasty, brutish and short.
Exactly! People have cataloged long lists of statements calling for human population reduction and other horrors; statements made by leading Greens, Statists, Elitists and tyrants of every stripe.
These quotes have been posted in these threads before, but can’t be repeated often enough:
”My three goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with its full complement of species, returning throughout the world.”
David Foreman,
co-founder of Earth First!
”A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”
Ted Turner,
Founder of CNN and major UN donor
”The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet.”
Jeremy Rifkin,
Greenhouse Crisis Foundation
”Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”
Paul Ehrlich,
Professor of Population Studies,
Author: “Population Bomb”, “Ecoscience”
“The data doesn’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations
on the data. We’re basing them on the climate models.”
– Prof. Chris Folland,
Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research
“The models are convenient fictions
that provide something very useful.”
– Dr David Frame,
climate modeler, Oxford University
”We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination… So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts… Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”
Stephen Schneider,
Stanford Professor of Climatology,
Lead author of many IPCC reports
”Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.”
Sir John Houghton,
First chairman of the IPCC
”It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.”
Paul Watson,
Co-founder of Greenpeace
”Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”
David Brower,
First Executive Director of the Sierra Club
”We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.”
Timothy Wirth,
President of the UN Foundation
”No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
Christine Stewart,
former Canadian Minister of the Environment
”The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.”
Emeritus Professor Daniel Botkin
”Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
Maurice Strong,
Founder of the UN Environmental Program
”A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States. De-Development means bringing our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the world resource situation.”
Paul Ehrlich,
Professor of Population Studies,
Author: “Population Bomb”, “Ecoscience”
”If I were reincarnated I would wish to return to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”
Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh,
husband of Queen Elizabeth II,
Patron of the Patron of the World Wildlife Foundation
”The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization we have in the US. We have to stop these third World countries right where they are.”
Michael Oppenheimer
Environmental Defense Fund
”Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.”
Professor Maurice King
”Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable.”
Maurice Strong,
Rio Earth Summit
”Complex technology of any sort is an assault on the human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it.”
Amory Lovins,
Rocky Mountain Institute
”I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. it played an important part in balancing ecosystems.”
John Davis,
Editor of Earth First! Journal
“…the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.” ~ David Rockefeller, June, 1991, Bilderberg Conference, Baden, Germany link
“We are on the verge of a global transformation.
All we need is the right major crisis…”
– David Rockefeller,
Club of Rome executive member
“I believe it is appropriate to have an ‘over-representation’ of the facts
on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience.”
-Al Gore,
Climate Change activist
“The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and
spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest
opportunity to lift Global Consciousness to a higher level.”
-Al Gore,
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
”The big threat to the planet is people: there are too many, doing too well economically and burning too much oil.”
Sir James Lovelock,
BBC Interview
“We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place
for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and
plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams,
free shackled rivers and return to wilderness
millions of acres of presently settled land.”
– David Foreman,
co-founder of Earth First!


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I would prefer to see Sisi’s comment.
She is very easy to respond to.


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Sweet Old Bob

We have seen the enemy, and he is NOT us!

Alan Robertson

dbstealey says:
December 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm
I would prefer to see Sisi’s comment.
She is very easy to respond to.
Let us know her by her words? Give her all the rope she needs?

John F. Hultquist

Thanks for this one. I love this kind of stuff. And pretty pictures too!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Richard says:
December 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm
“The loss of the fishery, normally worth CAN$32 million (US$30.7 million), took many by surprise..

“Many” don’t pay attention to much.
About 2 years ago regarding:
Title: “A cold oceanographic regime with high exploitation rates in the Northeast Pacific forecasts a collapse of the sardine stock”

Alan Robertson

Janice Moore says:
December 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm
Mr. James McClellan (at 2:54pm) — You might want to do a bit of research into what the AGWers say they want to do. You cannot “control the climate” with out controlling…… people.
Yes, and worse.

John F. Hultquist

Robert of Ottawa says:
December 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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John F. Hultquist

Sorry, about that link/image. Not intended. John
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“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – K. M.
The very first time I saw this, I wondered, “Who gets to decide one’s abilities, and who gets to decide one’s needs?”
Why doesn’t EVERYONE think this when they see it?

Alan Robertson

Mods: If my comment at 5:00pm gives you pause, then please strike it… mere musings from me and not a challenge to your authority.
On second thought, please strike it and this message anyway.
Ps Trigger trippers: Denialists, denier, Anthony Watts(our gracious host)


Cooking didn’t make us human.
Now, a bit of salt, some garlic, a little BAM! —
THAT made us human.


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JamesS says December 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm
“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – K. M.
The very first time I saw this, I wondered, “Who gets to decide one’s abilities, and who gets to decide one’s needs?”

Offhand: “The ruling party” …
KM was never bothered by the practicalities of his ‘proposals’. Such is the world of the impractical ‘reformer’.


beyond parody. You fail to explain the reason for moderation. What part of my original comment was against the rules?
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Can’t those of you who understand this Twitter thing send the photo out with the gag logo and the caption “Great faked storm photo – must see!”?

Gosh, the things I missed by not being on the net all day. Bogosity, eh?

Chris @NJSnowFan

OT Tip. I am posting this here because the tip page is so long it was taking me for ever to just get 1/4 waw down the page on Mobil device to post this tip.
Sorry for posting this here but this deserves a headline story.
In the last day CONUS avg has broken all time satellite record back to 1979 for earliest ever cold avg day for conus. 14.5 avg .
Yesterday broke all of last winters conus avg day temp on Jan 14 2013 of 18.9° to settle at 18.1° at 14z.
Ryan tweeted a bunch of info and charts in last two days.