The storm is based on weather patterns from the state’s “Great Flood of 1862.” GETTY IMAGES
The storm is based on weather patterns from the state’s “Great Flood of 1862.” GETTY IMAGES

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Daniel Swain for New York Times — When the Storm Online Is Worse Than the One Outside

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the challenges of combating misinformation about extreme weather events for the New York Times, emphasizing the difficulties meteorologists and climate scientists face in the online environment. The article describes a recent incident where an emergency preparedness enthusiast’s viral post on a potential catastrophic “ARkStorm” led to widespread fear. “There is absolutely no indication of an extremely severe or catastrophic statewide flood event as has been rumored,” Swain said.