Published On: Thu, Jul 25th, 2013

Experts say ‘Philippines snow’ video a hoax

A YouTube video produced by Rodsburgh News Live has caused a lot of chatter the past day.


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The video “news” report makes the “never before happened” claim that some undisclosed southern part of the tropical country, The Philippines, received snowfall for for a three hour-plus period.

While the video has garnered a lot of attention, making claims of crop damage and the like, at least one expert has come out declaring it to be fake.

On his blog, Western Pacific Weather, NHK World weather anchor Robert Speta says the report from the  “phantom news agency” is bogus for the following reasons–No barrage of tweets from people in the Philippines, a presence of Christmas decorations in the video, the fact that the temperature is not conducive for snowfall and the national weather department of the Philippines, PAGASA, denied it.

For the month of July 2013, PAGASA reports that surface air temperatures is expected to be slightly warmer than normal in most parts of the country. Predicted average ranges of temperature will be as follows: 15°C to 24oC over the mountainous areas of Luzon, 22°C to 33oC for the rest of Luzon, 23°C to 33oC over the Visayas, 18.5°C to 29oC over the mountainous areas of Mindanao, and 22°C to 33oC for the rest of Mindanao.

So even in the mountainous areas of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, the low temperature will still be 65 F.

Speta does suggests it could be ash in 2009 around Christmas during a eruption at Mt. Mayon.

Watch the video here and judge for yourself.

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