The video shows a formation of asperitas cloud over the Fort Walton Beach in Florida in 2021.
A video showing wave shaped cloud formation over the sea is widely circulating on social media. Users claim that this video shows footage of the eye of the Hurricane Ian that hit Florida recently.
Hurricane Ian hit Florida’s southwest coast on September 28 and has led to at least 21 deaths so far. President Joe Biden said this hurricane could be the deadliest in the state’s history.
The caption of the tweet states, “This is the eye of Hurricane Ián, Florida. #HurricanIan”
We started our investigation by running a reverse image search on Yandex, whose results led us to the same video posted by Andrew Farnam on Facebook on 21 June 2021. The caption of the post states, “O’l Mother Nature was on a wild one this morning! Edit post: I never thought this would reach out to so many people! This was in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Follow my IG for more pictures and videos! @_TripSitter”
We found that this video was reported by the Daily Star in 2021 stating that Andrew Farnam planned to bask under the sun at Fort Walton Beach in Florida on Monday (June 21) and was stunned when he saw the dark clouds hanging over the sea.
According to the Met Office, the cloud pattern is known as asperitas clouds, in which wave-like structures form on the underside of the cloud to make it look like a rough sea surface when viewed from below.
As per IBT, after seeing the creepy sight in the skies, beachgoers who were at Fort Walton Beach soon rushed to the land and started packing their bags.
Since the video has been present on the internet since 2021, it is clear that the video does not show footage of Hurricane Ian in Florida.
What is Aperitas Clouds?
According to the Met Office UK, Asperitas clouds are distinctive but relatively rare cloud formations that take the appearance of rippling waves. These wave-like structures form on the underside of the cloud to make it look like a rough sea surface when viewed from below.
Fact Crescendo found the claim made along with the viral video to be False. The viral video does not show the eye of the Hurricane Ian that recently hit Florida. The video dates back to 2021 showing the formation of the Asperitas cloud over Fort Walton Beach in Florida.
Title:2021 video shared as eye of the Hurricane Ian in Florida.
Fact Check By: Drabanti Ghosh