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Updated on February 6, 2013

First time I heard of Thundersnow

I was watching the weather channel keeping track of when our bad weather would be coming in on Feb 2, 2011 when I hear a loud Kaboom! It made me look up from my Squidoo. Jim Cantore was broadcasting the weather in Chicago and the loud Kaboom even scared him. I just had to see what it was all about because I had never heard of such a thing before. I thought he had made up a name for it. I will be showing you some videos of Thundersnow and giving more information via modules and links. Thundersnow is such an interesting subject.

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Definition of Thundersnow

Here is a definition from Wikipedia as to what Thundersnow is: "Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thunder snowstorm, is a rare kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain."

According to Wikipedia, "there are usually four forms of thundersnow:

1) Normal thunderstorm - a thunderstorm that hits cool air and then snows instead of rains.

2) Heavy synoptic snowstorm - an extratropical cyclone (horizontal temperature differences outside the tropics) which makes conditions favorable for lightning and thunder to occur.

3) Lake effect or ocean effect thunderstorm - cold air passing over relatively warm water; which can produce snow squalls.

4) Cold front - which contains extremely cold air in the clouds, rapid decrease in temperature the higher you go and causing destablization allowing favorable conditions for lightning and thunder.

I think that the Thundersnow that Chicago had during this last terrible storm was of the third kind. I am happy that events like this can be filmed and put on video for us to see. I would probably never have heard of Thundersnow if I had not see the weather forecast.

To read more about Thundersnow according to Wikipedia, click on the link in the top paragraph

Photo credit: wikipedia, Public Domain

Thundersnow 2013 - Wow! Can you hear that?

Thundersnow 2012 - More Common

We are hearing about thundersnow more and more as people learn what it is.

Thunder Snow Storm - Winds Were Between 50-75 mph

This video was filmed outside of Boston during a snowstorm during the winter of 2005-2006. Even though the temperature is below freezing, there is thunder.

Thunder Snow 1996 - Being Filmed by Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel

This is a video that Jim Cantore from TWC was filming December 1996. He was surprised when he heard the thunder of the thundersnow. You actually see him jump when he hears it.

Have You Ever Heard or Seen Thundersnow?

Dad Shoveling Snow
Dad Shoveling Snow

If yes, PLEASE explain your experience for us.

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I Would Love To Hear - Your Comments On The Artlce And Thundersnow Experiences

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    • Grandma-Marilyn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @delia-delia: I don't think I have ever seen it myself but found it interesting when I was watching a show that talked about it.

    • delia-delia profile image


      5 years ago

      When we first move from California to Missouri we experienced Thunder-snow, as well as here in Wisconsin...they are odd..

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      It is a rare sight but I have seen and heard it where we live.

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: Apparently it has been around but was only identified in this century. Like I said, I just heard about it in February this year.

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      I live in VA and we also got some thundersnow...the first I'd ever heard thunder in the winter!! I wondered what in the world is going on?!

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      Barbara Isbill 

      7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Interesting lens. Thanks. I ma always learning something! Thumbs up!


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