If you’re living on the U.S. east coast, you’ve figure out by now that there is a pretty intense snowstorm expected to bring as much as 30 inches of snow by the end of this weekend.
As a result, public transport and traffic are at a standstill, flights have been canceled by the thousands, hundreds of thousands are without power and states of emergencies have been declared.
There is a photo originally posted on a Facebook page called Tri-State Weather, showing a very high pile of snow with an aircraft behind it. As they say, pictures speak a thousand words, because some (a few too many) believe that the depicted aircraft is almost completely covered in snow, as the photo made its way around Facebook being shared thousands of times.
Then there are the Photoshop comments, claiming that the picture is fake. Considering that 24 inches (2 feet of snow) isn’t nearly enough to almost completely cover an aircraft, then what’s the big deal about huge pile of snow?
Usually when airports get snowed out, the ground crews bust out their heavy equipment and start pushing snow aside to make room for airplanes to taxi around various points at the airport (as seen in the above photo by Cliff Owen). They stack the piles in areas not traversed by vehicles or aircraft until conditions allow for them to melt away.
In the first photo, the photographer simply took a pic of a snow pile at an angle that made it look like it was covering the aircraft, which in fact was actually behind the pile of snow (and a good way off as well).
So you may be wondering, why are we explaining this to you? It’s common sense, right? Apparently not.
[Cover Photo: Tri-State Weather/Facebook]