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Old 26 January 2011, 08:05 PM
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Old 26 January 2011, 08:21 PM
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Thundersnow is not terribly unusual here, but it doesn't mean snow in two weeks, any more than a thunderstorm when it's not freezing means rain two weeks out.

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Old 26 January 2011, 09:02 PM
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If you ask me, thundersnow means two feet of snow immediately that will take two weeks to shovel.
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Old 26 January 2011, 09:22 PM
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So, a misunderstanding, then.
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Old 26 January 2011, 09:32 PM
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Thundersnow is the theme of a recurring nightmare I've had since I was three. I don't remember the last time I experienced thundersnow itself, but I don't remember anything about it that would make it such a frightful experience.
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Old 26 January 2011, 09:34 PM
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I never heard the term thundersnow til last year, when we had one.
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Old 26 January 2011, 09:39 PM
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I've heard it forecast, but never seen it. I want to.
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Old 26 January 2011, 10:14 PM
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This is the first I've ever heard of it. Does it include lightning? I bet that would be amazing at night!

I wanna see! I wanna see!
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Old 26 January 2011, 10:29 PM
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There's not much to see, because it's snowing so hard. Occasionally the clouds flicker a bit, but you can't actually see the lightning because of the snow. And the snow really muffles the thunder.

I suspect that if you are close enough to clearly see the lightning, you're too close for comfort.

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Old 26 January 2011, 11:24 PM
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I was going to say it's doing it here right now, but it appears the snow has turned to rain. Going to be an interesting morning tomorrow, what with the layers of ice in between the layers of snow. Should end up with a total of two feet of it by morning.
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Old 27 January 2011, 03:49 AM
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We had a thundersnow today, but I didn't hear anything because of the wind and I couldn't see anything because of the snow. But we were always told the thunder means snow in 2 weeks when I was a kid. It's not talking about thundersnow though.
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Old 27 January 2011, 07:01 AM
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Reminds me of what I was told when visiting Islay: "If you can't see Northern Ireland from here it's raining. If you can see Northern Ireland it's going to rain".
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Old 27 January 2011, 11:52 AM
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Yes, there was definitely thundersnow overnight. Have to dig my car out again today. Sigh.
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Old 27 January 2011, 02:05 PM
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I've lived in upstate New York for forty years. I've only seen one winter thunderstorm in that time period (with hail) -- February 4, 1977. There was snow later that day, too, but snow in February in Schenectady is hardly news.
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Old 27 January 2011, 03:48 PM
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It's creepy, IMO.
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Old 27 January 2011, 04:22 PM
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I was driving one frosty winter night during a thunder snow storm. Out in the country. It had the strangest strobing effect on the driving snow--it seemed to jitter along through the air, and I had flashy afterimages for a couple of seconds after each lightning flare. I think driving during a snow storm whilst being assailed by lightning ranks down in my five least favorite activities.
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Thundersnow is the theme of a recurring nightmare I've had since I was three. I don't remember the last time I experienced thundersnow itself, but I don't remember anything about it that would make it such a frightful experience.

It sure seemed to scare the forecaster from The Weather Channel when it happened in Chicago during snowmageddon on February first.

I've only heard thunder during a snow storm maybe three times in my life and I'm forty one.
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Old 17 February 2011, 01:23 PM
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The old wives' tale is present around here, too. Old farmer proverb:

"Quand il tonne sur le bois nu, il neige sur le bois feuillu."

(When thunder cracks on naked wood, snow falls on leafed wood).

Not that it makes it more true, but just to say it's widespread.
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