This story was first published on 11th January 2006
Fabulous photographs that depict an “ice storm” at a Swiss lake have been circulating via email since 2005. They are a popular topic for blog and forum posts. The photographs also circulate as a PowerPoint presentation.
The photographs are genuine. At Lake Léman (Lake Geneva) in January 2005, very cold conditions combined with strong winds resulted in the ice-encrusted landscape shown in the photographs. Temperatures were so cold that wind-generated spray from the lake froze on the surface of anything it touched. Another series of photographs showing alternate views of the same event can be viewed in an online photo gallery by Jean-Pierre Scherrer of Geneva, Switzerland. Scherrer notes:
After a conjunction of intense cold (-8 to -12 degrees Centigrade), plus very strong winds, blowing at over 100 kmh (70 mph), the waves got so harsh that they passed over the dikes and the droplets immediatly froze everything they touched !
Although the photographs are authentic, some versions of the accompanying text misidentify the geographic location where they were taken.
Various false locations have been listed including another Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, and other waterways in the United States, Canada and Europe. The above version of the message correctly identifies the location as Versoix at Switzerland’s Lake Léman.
A photograph on Photosite.pl shows the Versoix jetty featured in one of the ice-storm images in warmer weather.
Now this is an ice storm.
This incredible spectacle you are about to see, takes place in Versoix, a town close to Geneva City, Switzerland.
The water in the background is the Léman Lake.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!