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Old 02-25-2017, 08:13 PM   #1
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Thunder Snow

Anyone enjoying this rare event of spring clashing with winter. I have never seen such intense lightning with heavy snowfall. I know it happens near Lake Ontario and in intense nor'easters along the coast, but I have never known it to be like this. The frequency and explosive nature of this lightning is not unlike what is seen during the warmer months.
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:35 PM   #2
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I've seen it before in years past during intense lake effect snowfall events. Not lake effect today, but have had several lightning flashes and deep thunder here on the fringes of Tug Hill. Very intense rain and area power outage for a couple of hours this afternoon.
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:58 PM   #3
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I've seen it here in Keene in a Noreaster about 12 years ago; and of course several times out west (bigger mountains, more uplift, etc.). Very impressive. I think the white background makes the color temperature of the lightning arc more apparent - you really perceive the blue and purple that you don't see as well in a rainstorm.
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:04 PM   #4
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I'm in the southern fringes of the Adirondacks. I see the squall line produced damage in several locations in Fulton County. Further south the storm line bowed out and charged through the Hudson Valley into the Taconics. One location reported over 50 trees down in Dutchess County. I love this kind of stuff. I was a storm spotter for awhile.
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:18 PM   #5
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Snowing now in Keene. No sooner did I type that when (at 8:15 PM) we had a flash of lighting and a loud crack of thunder!
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:44 PM   #6
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lake effect is beginning to set up Wldrns
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:55 PM   #7
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I remember it on Easter Sunday about 20 years ago. Wet, heavy snow right now in Hogtown.
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:24 PM   #8
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I saw it a couple of times during lake effect while going to school at ESF.

Once during a fire drill at our dorm at 0200!
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:26 PM   #9
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lake effect is beginning to set up Wldrns
Very disorganized on radar at this time. Though we picked up a brisk and fluffy inch or two over the past couple of hours. The stuff earlier today (all rain) was definitely widespread synoptic type precip, being carried from the south to north, not from the direction off the lake.
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I saw it a couple of times during lake effect while going to school at ESF.

Once during a fire drill at our dorm at 0200!
ESF? Me too ... class of '74. Long ago & far away.
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Old 02-26-2017, 01:22 PM   #11
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It was pretty spectacular in Speculator (see what I did there :-) ) last night. Several inches of snow between 5:30 and 8:00 last night with lightning followed by thunder in the 4 to 5 second range.
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