It took a little fact-checking and a lot of hurricanes.
But the Sun Herald researched and reported that Jim Cantore, the Weather Channel meteorologist who is famous for reporting on hurricanes from the predicted points of landfall, did not call Mississippi a land mass, as claimed in a viral meme shared millions of times on the internet.
Sun Herald senior news editor Lauren Walck first asked Cantore about the rumored remark when she interviewed him in 2015 for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Cantore rode out the catastrophic storm at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport.
Cantore denied that he or The Weather Channel called Mississippi a land mass, a rumor widely spread in 2012, the year of YOLO and Honey Boo Boo and ‘Call Me Maybe,” Walck reported.
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The Sun Herald circled back to Cantore this year during Tropical Storm Gordon, when the rumor gained new traction.
So, yes, Walck fact-checked the rumor twice in three years. And it still persists.
Cantore took to Twitter to thank Lauren for dispelling the rumor.
“Lauren thank you so much for this. It’s an old fib that you fixed through your hard work and research. I’m very grateful,” Cantore said.