Viral Frozen Lake Michigan Lighthouse Photo Not What It Seems Like

A stunning photograph of an ice-covered lighthouse on Lake Michigan went viral on Twitter Tuesday, January 7, as users tweeted the snowy picture as proof of just how cold it is in the US after an Artic chill blanketed the country.

Viral FrozenStunning but Inaccurate Photo

The photo is a gorgeous one, for sure, and Saint Joseph, Michigan, where the shot was taken, is indeed frozen over—as temperatures dipped to as low as 6 below zero in the city Monday—but, as BuzzFeed’s Mike Hayes has pointed out, the photo is not exactly what it seems to be.

The tweeted picture, taken by pro photographer John McCormick, was actually snapped on Jan. 23, 2013, Hayes explains.


Although the circulating photo is almost a year old, it doesn’t mean that the Saint Joseph Lighthouse was spared from the wrath of the polar vortex. It’s actually quite the opposite.

As Mashable puts it, the lighthouse, incredibly, seems to be “even icier” this week than it was in McCormick’s photograph.

Photographer Joshua Nowicki has photos of the icier lighthouse and the frozen city on his Facebook page.