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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 09/17/2010

Trick play: Statue of Liberty tornado photo

By Dan Stillman

* Warmth stays around: Full Forecast | High ragweed pollen *


Turns out this photograph is from 1976, not yesterday. Courtesy National Weather Service.

Twitter has become an invaluable tool for reporters trying to stay on top of a story. But as the Huffington Post detailed last evening, Twitter can also trip a reporter up, especially in the heat of a breaking story.

We don't know yet if the severe and deadly storm that blew through New York City yesterday included a tornado -- the National Weather Service plans to make that assessment today. We do know, however, that a photograph (pulled from Twitter) of a tornado near the Statue of Liberty is not from yesterday, as a TIME.com story originally indicated, but rather from 1976.

The Huffington Post's Craig Kanalley has the full break down of TIME's oopsy-daisy.

Also, while the above photo is real (just old), at least according to the National Weather Service, CWG's Steve Tracton explored in a 2008 post -- "Photoshopping the Weather" -- the difficulty of verifying the authenticity of weather photos in the age of digital photography.

By Dan Stillman  | September 17, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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Comments

Can ya believe Time.com, even, was fooled? I am glad though that my friends in Brooklyn are safe :-)

In other news, Hurricane Karl is now making landfall in Mexico as a 120mph major hurricane.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | September 17, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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