Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Thundersnow: How Does It Happen?

Lightning lit up the room, followed by moderate thunder. July thunderstorm? No, it was January 26, with its forecast for heavy snow.

Ellen and I looked at each other.

“Wow, that’s unusual,” I said. I got up to look out the window. It was snowing.

Media instantly dubbed our January 26 snowstorm “Thundersnow” after the lightning and thunder at its beginning.

Just how does “thundersnow” happen? In his “Urban Jungle” column in today’s Washington Post, Patterson Clark explains the phenomenon. To read his short column, CLICK HERE.

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