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B.C.Francis
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Lake affect snow thunder
      #64224 - Thu Dec 08 2005 11:02 AM

I was talking with some friends up in western New York which has been getting hammered with snow off of lake Erie for the last week. They said that during one of the nights they heard a couple rumbles of thunder. Is that possible ? I grew up around there and never had I heard thunder or seen lightning during a snow storm. Interesting to say the least......Weatherchef

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Re: Lake affect snow thunder [Re: B.C.Francis]
      #64225 - Thu Dec 08 2005 03:45 PM

Yes, if there is enough instability in the atmosphere and the ice content aloft is high enough, you can get lightning within a snowstorm just like any other storm. It's not as common, though.

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Re: Lake effect snow and thunder [Re: Clark]
      #64252 - Sun Dec 11 2005 08:37 PM

This is from the Boston NWS office. During this event a Comair jetliner was struck by lightning.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
623 PM EST SAT DEC 10 2005

AN 8 HOUR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND NOREASTER BECAME A SEVERE SHORT TERM
WINTER STORM FOR RHODE ISLAND AND EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS FRIDAY
AFTERNOON DECEMBER 9TH 2005.

THE EXTREME RAPID INTENSIFICATION OF LOW PRESSURE AS IT MOVED
THROUGH BUZZARDS AND CAPE COD BAYS BETWEEN 1 PM AND 3 PM...THEN OUT
TO SEA...CREATED A SHORT TERM NEAR BLIZZARD SCENE DURING MID
AFTERNOON UNLIKE NO OTHER IN RECENT MEMORY WITH DAMAGING WIND...
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND ABOUT AN HOUR OF THUNDERSTORMS FOR MANY
WITHIN AND JUST EAST OF THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR....

...THUNDER WITH NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OCCURRED DURING A 2 HOUR
PERIOD OF FURY THAT TRANSLATED EASTWARD THROUGH THE INTERSTATE 95
CORRIDOR BETWEEN 130 PM AND 4 PM...WHILE HURRICANE FORCE WIND
GUSTS...BRIEF NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND SHARPLY FALLING
TEMPERATURES STRUCK THE CAPE AND ISLANDS...MOSTLY BETWEEN 245 PM AND
445 PM.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/productview.php?pil=PNSBOX&max=51

AIRPORT WEATHER WARNING FOR BOSTON/S LOGAN AIRPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
200 PM EST FRI DEC 9 2005

...LOGAN AIRPORT WEATHER WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND FOR ABRUPT
WIND SHIFT...

...AIRPORT WEATHER WARNING FOR LIGHTNING THROUGH 3 PM...
ALSO...THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS REPORTS OF THUNDER SNOW ACROSS THE
WESTERN SUBURBS OF BOSTON. SOME LIGHTNING IS POSSIBLE THROUGH 3 PM
AT LOGAN AIRPORT.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/productview.php?pil=AWWBOS&version=2&max=51

Edited by danielw (Sun Dec 11 2005 08:40 PM)


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Re: Lake effect snow and thunder [Re: danielw]
      #65005 - Mon Apr 24 2006 11:37 PM

I used to live in Buffalo. I remember on quite a few occasions, a flash in the sky and a low rumble. Never quite paid enough attention to what it was, thought it might've been a Plow going by with the strobe on and hitting a snow bank or something.

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Vortex
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Re: Lake effect snow and thunder [Re: NoxNoctus]
      #65458 - Wed May 31 2006 10:44 AM

Yeah it seems to happen a lot around here during Nor'easters...

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Re: Lake affect snow thunder [Re: B.C.Francis]
      #65463 - Wed May 31 2006 01:54 PM

I've lived in the Tampa Bay area all of my life except for a year and a half when I lived in Brimingham, AL. I was there during the 1993 blizzard. Of course, I had hardly ever seen snow, so seeing that much at once was interesting enough to say the least. But what was really strang was the thunder and lightning that came with it. I'll never forget that.

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