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Is The Skull of Hurricane Matthew a Hoax?

Is the Skull of Hurricane Matthew Hoax, off an image that has gained popularity as it hit Haiti early October 4, 2016 morning. Many weather forecasters including a Knoxville weather forecaster is claiming this image is unaltered.

Is The Skull of Hurricane Matthew Hoax?

Hurricane Matthew hit Les Anglais, Haiti around 7 am EST.

I looked at the three images I found.
actually satellite hurricane Matthew
The original satellite image of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew Skull Pink
Hurricane Matthew Skull Pink

Hurricane Matthew Skull Black
Hurricane Matthew Skull Black

Maybe filters used?

If you notice with the Pink and Black they are the same, but different colors. One the Skull of Hurricane Matthew is black and the other is pink. The top one shows the actual cloud type satellite image. These other two, the pink and black, skull images, seem to have had filters added to them.

Matt Devitt of WINK Weather is one of these weather men that claims this is real and unaltered. Even my weather stations are in the claim too. Is there any truth to this? That is what this blog post is about. I will update this post as I get more information.

Even Stu Ostro was one of the first ones to Tweet this on Twitter. He even on his feed said it reminds him of a sinister grin from Hurricane Wilma from 10 years ago. Ostro is also a Senior Meteorologist with the Weather Channel.

But I did an image overlay with the pink skull and and satellite image. See below.

Hurricane Matthew Skull Overlay with Satellite Image
Hurricane Matthew Skull Overlay with Satellite Image

More on this

From what I can tell, it seems filters were used to get a different looking image. Why would there be two different ones with one being pink and the other being black. Yes, call me a skeptic. But I am not sure this is totally real. But doing the other lay, as I did. It sure does line up. So maybe someone with too much time on their hands to apply filters. Maybe the weather software had filters that they can change the contract and such.

But, it is funny how they make this image around Halloween time. At this time I am not sure if it is a hoax or not and I cannot gather enough information at this time to figure that out either. But, when it does come in, I will add to this blog post. So come back!

But in order to see this, someone would have to be going through several still images. Maybe someone made it look like something, just because it hit land.

If this is a hoax?

If this is a hoax, this is a bad hoax to play on people. There are people in Haiti right now that could be or have perished from this horrible storm. (See Death Toll County Below)

In Prayers

We need to be in prayer for those along the its path and those in Haiti. I know a church in Knoxville, Faith Promise, is suppose to be in the works of going there, this was before the Hurricane was on its path too. So keep those in that mission trip in prayers as they will be getting there in the aftermath.

Plus keep Cuba and the coastal lines of American in prayers as it is in Hurricane Matthews path too.

None the less, we must knows that God is always in control. Anything and everything that happens is according to God’s Will. Most of the time it could be to get our attention.

Others said it looked like

Many said the image resembled a skull, but others said it looked like the Grinch or Jack Skeleton from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

To me it reminds me of the time they had the Hand of God in space. I guess it is like playing identify shapes in clouds when you look at the sky, but in this case, when you look at satellite type images instead.

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. (Per WikiPedia)

Digging deeper

As I stated above it seemed they used a type of filter to see what this image looked like and weather.com confirmed that by saying they used the infrared image. So using the infrared is a form of a filter. But the Weather Channel does confirm this and calls it an Eerie Face.

Ray Petelin WTAE stated on his Facebook page it was used with enhanced satellite imaging that is unaltered. Plus many others are saying enhanced satellite imaging or infrared imaging.

I would have to say this does not seem to be a hoax. As my over lay image seems to match up.

I wonder if they have a video using the infrared satellite imaging or enhanced satellite imagine any where? That might give us the true answer.

Most of these people in Haiti live in cardboard, tin or make-shift type housing. Haiti is a poor country.

Also at the time of this posting, weather channel was also reported nine deaths so far. I am sure the death toll will go up too.I will update those numbers as I can. See the total number below …

UPDATE: As of October 6, 2016, the death toll in Haiti has risen to near 900 at last update.

Pray for those in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas too! 

Samaritan’s Purse is in Haiti helping with emergency supplies. They even landed helpers before supplies came.

Images used belong to their respectful  owners. Last updated October 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm EST.

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My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. At church I help with the youth, van ministry, ushering or wherever else needed. Currently, I am working on my bachelors of theology. I am a father of an adult child. I work as a graphic designer. I also love listening to nothing but Christian Music. I am an Eagle Scout class of 1994. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle.

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  1. Good question, how about this, Is this a Hoax? https://youtu.be/wmTbe5avjAw

    1. Not sure I’ll have to look into it

    1. Read the article it will tell you if it is or not

  2. Judy says:

    Mom and sis caught a flew blown spiritual war in the clouds once. I used different filters to see the image clearly. I saw 2 angles with swords fighting off some demon like creature with teeth such as this and on top of that image 6 angles holding hands in the air in a line. It was crazy! Wish I still had the image. This.. I believe is real. But ppl don’t believe it. You have to believe in the spiritual world to understand it.. God bless us. �

    1. Interesting! It’s ashamed you still didn’t have that image. What filters did you use? Thanks for the comment and God bless.

  3. I have continued to look around and other meteorologist are stating is that infrared satellite imaging And others are saying in enhanced satellite imaging. Which is probably the same thing as trying to say infrared but not listing exactly what kind it was.
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  4. I think the pink image isn’t so much a filter as it’s an image taken from equipment that is designed to measure one specific set of data (in the case of the pink/red/yellow image, for example, that’s most like rainfall amounts). The satellite image of the storm that appears to be just a photograph is just that, a photograph. The darker image very well may be from a filter; however, it may also be from equipment used to calculate cloud density.

    1. Pink image is from infrared. But in the blog post It does mention that it uses infrared imaging and enhanced imaging.

    2. Ah ok. Anyway interesting blog btw.

    3. Yeah #HurracanMathewSkull is very scary to people who are Afraid of skulls and not scary to people who are not afraid of skulls but still good blog. #PRAYFORFLORIDA. Please pray for Florida

    4. Yeah #HurracanMathewSkull is very scary to people who are Afraid of skulls and not scary to people who are not afraid of skulls but still good blog. #PRAYFORFLORIDA. Please pray for Florida

    5. Cindy Russell thank you for your comment. We must pray for those in the path of Hurricane Matthew. Hurricanes are unpredictable and change change at any time

    6. Cindy Russell thank you for your comment. We must pray for those in the path of Hurricane Matthew. Hurricanes are unpredictable and change change at any time

    7. Yes definitely sending prayers to all in the path and all who have already experienced this devastating storm.

    8. Yes definitely sending prayers to all in the path and all who have already experienced this devastating storm.

    9. Sharon Billings amen we still have to remember God is in control.

    10. Sharon Billings amen we still have to remember God is in control.

    11. Yup God is in control

  5. Scary #HurracanMathewSkull

  6. Scary #HurracanMathewSkull

    1. It is a scary image for sure.

  7. Julie says:

    It is not a hoax. Infrared imaging is used so that meteorologists can identify the strongest part of the storm (not because they have too much time on their hands). The “teeth” are cold convection clouds. It’s just creepy that it happens to make this image.

    1. That is what I said in this blog post that Infrared imaging was used.

  8. Mrs. Lowell Lane says:

    Excellent article. Thank you. My cousin is just south of Jacksonville.
    Be blessed!
    Mrs. Lane

    1. Thanks for the kind words and the comment. Prayers for your cousin and all those effected and on the path of Hurricane Matthew. God bless you Mrs. Lowell Lane.

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