Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thundersnow

So, we've got 19 inches of snow here in NYC.  Last night, we also had rain, sleet, and thundersnow.  "Thundersnow?  What's that?"  I've been hearing that a lot from friends and partners on the West Coast today, as -- apparently -- they've never encountered this Sasquatch of the weather world, and to be honest, I had no clue it existed until two weeks ago, either.  But, what is thundersnow?  Wikipedia explains...

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. It typically falls in regions of strong upward motion within the cold sector of an extratropical cyclone, where the precipitation consists of ice pellets rather than snow.

Or, if you prefer Colbert's explanation, thundersnow just means "God is pissed".

1 comments:

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