Seeing death skulls in hurricane #Matthew

I couldn’t help but notice this headline on the Drudge Report today:

scary-skull-matthew-drudge

Here is the actual satellite image of Hurricane #Matthew, as Tweeted by The Weather Channel’s Stu Ostro:

hurricane-matthew-skull

This is a classic case of the human propensity to see faces in things where there aren’t any. For example, the famous “face on Mars”

face-on-mars

Above: A 1976 Viking 1 photograph of the Face on Mars. Click here for a 2001 photo from Mars Global Surveyor that reveals the true appearance of the Face.

It has long since been explained as little more than light and shadow: http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast24may_1/

It is called Pareidolia

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the man in the moon, the moon rabbit, and hidden messages within recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds. – Wikipedia

 

This is akin to the need for humans to find patterns in data to support beliefs where there aren’t any, it is called Apophenia

Apophenia is the human tendency to perceive meaningful patterns within random data. -Wikipedia

This is something we see often in the climate debate. For example, while a nearly 4000 day long major hurricane drought is in progress, eco-activist newspapers are already trying to blame Hurricane Matthew on global warming/climate change.

guardian-hurricanes-worse-matthew

Color me about as impressed as I am about the face on Mars.

 

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October 5, 2016 9:38 am

Government-induced climaphobia…. It ain’t pretty.

Th3o Moore
Reply to  1957chev
October 6, 2016 10:53 am

The famous “face on Mars” example of humans seeing things where they are not is an example. The mars rovers pics show clearly that the face on mars is not an enormous construction that is meant to resemble a human face. The “face on Mars” is actually a skull.
Sorry about that.

Latitude
October 5, 2016 9:38 am
Kamikazedave
Reply to  Latitude
October 5, 2016 12:39 pm

No it’s not. It’s Leonardo DiCaprio.

joelobryan
Reply to  Kamikazedave
October 5, 2016 1:49 pm

No. No. No.
DiCaprio is is FlukeMan underneath his rubber human mask.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l12/PuddinTaine06/Flukeman.jpg

Reply to  Latitude
October 5, 2016 3:29 pm

Looks like Drudge and huffpo to me…

Paul Westhaver
October 5, 2016 9:41 am

We will see t=his on the cover of the National Enquirer at the supermarket. … beside, Batboy!

David M
October 5, 2016 9:45 am

Looking at the latest forecast for the path of Matthew and Nicole it appears that they could collide or merge. Does anyone know what would happen if this occurs?

Steamboat McGoo
Reply to  David M
October 5, 2016 10:25 am

” Does anyone know what would happen if this occurs?”
Um … more Hillary emails found?
Or … O’Bugger talks about himself and his awesome wonderfulness?

TA
Reply to  David M
October 5, 2016 12:04 pm

They resemble two spiral galaxies getting ready to merge.

LoganSix
Reply to  TA
October 5, 2016 1:00 pm

More like Sol system and Niribu. Amirite!

Bryan A
Reply to  TA
October 5, 2016 2:12 pm

Nibiru
It is the planet that doesn’t exist
so why do all those fools persist
some people started quoting it not knowing what it was
and they’ll just keep on quoting it forever just because
it is the planet that doesn’t exist

PiperPaul
Reply to  David M
October 5, 2016 12:06 pm

Zombie Apocalypse.

auto
Reply to  David M
October 5, 2016 1:32 pm

David
It’ll be worse than we thought.
Much worse.
Auto

TA
Reply to  David M
October 5, 2016 3:22 pm

“Looking at the latest forecast for the path of Matthew and Nicole it appears that they could collide or merge. Does anyone know what would happen if this occurs?”
If they get close enough to each other, their winds fields should interfere with each other, which I suspect will reduce the power of the hurricanes.
Looks to me like Matthew is trying to go more north than northwest. Maybe the other hurricane is pulling on it a little.

benofhouston
Reply to  TA
October 6, 2016 9:25 am

I agree with TA. If they hit head odd, it will probably rip the two storms apart, resulting in a large, discombobulated series of minor storms. If it happens over land, the region below will get drowned, but the winds should be down to just strong-thunderstom levels. The idea of them somehow merging to form a stronger storm somehow without ripping each other apart first just doesn’t seem plausible.

Reply to  David M
October 6, 2016 3:09 am

Yes! They will adopt lots of kids and then get divorced.

ShrNfr
October 5, 2016 9:46 am

This happens when you try and look at tree rings from Yamal.

Peter Morris
October 5, 2016 9:56 am

I don’t know I think things like that are kind of cool – as long as special meaning isn’t attached to it.
I mean it kind of looks like Eddie. That’s gotta be fun for Iron Maiden fans.

Tom in Florida
October 5, 2016 9:58 am

Once again Bill Clinton sticks his face in the news.

Olaf Koenders
Reply to  Tom in Florida
October 5, 2016 8:07 pm

+10
It could also be Degrasse Tyson.

Bloke down the pub
October 5, 2016 10:03 am

The BBC has today been referring to Matthew as the strongest hurricane to hit the Caribbean in a decade. While probably true, it does put a very different slant on things to saying that there haven’t been any strong hurricanes there for a decade.

Dan Murphy
October 5, 2016 10:10 am

Here is where to go for some of the very best satellite images and time loops for this storm: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/goes-e/goes-watl-ir.html
Not seeing any skulls, but some impressive images.

October 5, 2016 10:11 am

What I like is that if you add a name to a bearded face it becomes either a miracle or a blasphemy depending on which Abrahamic cult you belong to .

auto
Reply to  Bob Armstrong
October 5, 2016 1:36 pm

Bob
Appreciated.
But beards are ‘IN’ nowadays, in London, anyway
My BUM-BOATIE BEARD OF FORTY-PLUS YEARS is fashionable again [ignoring the snowy strads . . . .]
Auto

auto
Reply to  auto
October 5, 2016 1:37 pm

strads – STRANDS
Sorry.
Auto.

Reply to  auto
October 6, 2016 5:25 pm

So you couldn’t be taken for either Jesus or Mohamed ?
Even a really fuzzy picture ?

LT
October 5, 2016 10:36 am

It reminds me of the guy on the Iron Maiden album covers.

Peter Morris
Reply to  LT
October 5, 2016 10:57 am

That’s Eddie!

Crispin in Waterloo
October 5, 2016 10:36 am

If there is one perfect example of finding patterns where there are none, how about those seeing a CO2-caused change in the weather over the past 30 years?

hunter
October 5, 2016 10:49 am

A great example of Anthropomorphic projection, which is also the basis of Climate Change Obsession.

Barbara Skolaut
October 5, 2016 11:40 am

I saw that earlier today, and thought somebody added the “teeth.” Since apparently they’re part of the original image, does anybody know that those white squares are? Some kind of artifact from the image-capture?

MarkW
Reply to  Barbara Skolaut
October 5, 2016 12:41 pm

I was thinking they might be storm cells.

October 5, 2016 11:46 am

I’ve been wondering when someone is going to tag a superlative alliteration for the storm. Mega Matthew or something. It’s fun to joke but I’m afraid it’s not going to be very funny to the people of Hati.

John Harmsworth
Reply to  taz1999
October 5, 2016 11:58 am

Haiti is pretty much Mad Max with rain as it is.

Reply to  John Harmsworth
October 5, 2016 12:10 pm

I like mad Matthew. I was thinking about mega-death… when the joke stopped being funny. I’m pretty sure it’s going to end up as kilo-death anyway. Our church had a missionary group there during the earthquake. It took a huge effort and support of the D.R. military to get them evacuated. Kids loved it; they got a helicopter ride…

Craig W
October 5, 2016 12:08 pm

Don’t be silly, that’s a scary clown with a big red wig.

October 5, 2016 12:12 pm

Aughh. I just wasted an hour at the Guardian site trying to be factual. At least I learned that (not kidding) “there are more earthquakes because of global warming because of more water weight.”

Reply to  chilemike
October 5, 2016 12:22 pm

Ok, I’ll bite. Where do they claim the additional weight came from?

Bryan A
Reply to  taz1999
October 5, 2016 12:38 pm

That would be the redistribution of hard fresh water from Greenland and Antarctica spread out over the remainder of the globe (about 2mm per year additional)

chilemike
Reply to  taz1999
October 5, 2016 2:39 pm

I really didn’t ask but I assume it was from melting ice as that was the context, God help us.

Reply to  taz1999
October 6, 2016 6:53 am

The crust is already holding the weight. Probably heavier where the ice is on land so melting would be relieving the weight in places.

Logos_wrench
October 5, 2016 12:25 pm

HOW DARE YOU!!!! The face on Mars is real and it’s Elvis with a shower cap. Stop talking about things you don’t understand! !!
Lol.

Bryan A
Reply to  Logos_wrench
October 5, 2016 12:40 pm

At first I read that as “Stop thinking about things you don’t understand”

Bryan A
October 5, 2016 12:32 pm

It is called Pareidolia

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the man in the moon, the moon rabbit, and hidden messages within recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds. – Wikipedia
This is akin to the need for humans to find patterns in data to support beliefs where there aren’t any, it is called Apophenia

Apophenia is the human tendency to perceive meaningful patterns within random data. -Wikipedia
This is something we see often in the climate debate. For example, while a nearly 4000 day long major hurricane drought is in progress, eco-activist newspapers are already trying to blame Hurricane Matthew on global warming/climate change.

Lets not forget Karlophonia
Karlophonia is the need to make constant adjustments to the recorded data in order to create the needed graphics to prove your point is correct

Alan Robertson
October 5, 2016 12:49 pm

Sheri Moon Zombie had a hand in this.

Scarface
October 5, 2016 1:18 pm

“Apophenia is the human tendency to perceive meaningful patterns within random data.”
Apophenic Global Warming comes to mind…

bobl
October 5, 2016 3:06 pm

It looks more like an ape to me, maybe its payback for not inviting our ancestors to dinner.
H/T Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Really though it’s a big storm, if I was anywhere near it’s path I’d be preparing… Good luck, get those nuke power plants stoked up and see you in a week after it’s passed, hope your entire state grid doesn’t go down
..

Mike McMillan
October 5, 2016 3:09 pm

Sure. That’s what They want us to believe. 🙂

Johann Wundersamer
October 5, 2016 6:27 pm

Anthony, doing well?

Johann Wundersamer
October 5, 2016 6:31 pm

or lost in oblivion.

Johann Wundersamer
October 5, 2016 6:35 pm

stressed, burnout.
Some hopes.

R. Shearer
October 5, 2016 8:20 pm

Didn’t even pick up a Cuban cigar?

October 5, 2016 10:19 pm

I miss our Old Man of the Mountain
http://wermenh.com/images/oldman.jpeg

“Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”
-Daniel Webster

Griff
Reply to  Ric Werme
October 6, 2016 4:29 am
October 6, 2016 12:10 am

The mind sees what it is looking for.

October 6, 2016 1:57 am

That NASA satellite image of hurricane Matthew looks like Naomi Oreskescomment image

Horse Feathers
October 6, 2016 7:48 am

The sad thing is that some people might actually believe this is a sign of the end times. (Yeah, I know, too much Youseless Tubes but some of them are fun to watch and there are, sometimes, actually tidbits of real science behind the outrageous claims. 😉

Horse Feathers
October 6, 2016 7:49 am

I predict a Donald Trump meme will shortly appear using this picture, very shortly.

tty
October 6, 2016 1:00 pm

This human tendency to see patterns even where there isn’t any almost certainly has an evolutionary explanation. The evolutionary cost of seeing a lion/leopard/snake etc in the underbrush where there isn’t one is very low, while the cost of not seeing it when it is actually there can be very high. So our pattern-recognition software tends to be somewhat over-enthusiastic.
As a matter of fact the human eye is extremely good at discerning patterns in noisy data, usually much better than computers. This is the basis for using captchas to separate humans from computers.

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