Thundersnow?!?

@BarBaraPrz (19361)
St. Catharines, Ontario
February 2, 2011 10:49am CST
Most people in North America have heard about this "Snowtorious B.I.G. " storm happening over most of the continent yesterday/today (Feb. 1/2, 2011) and we're getting it here in Hamilton. Lots of snow out there... But... Early this morning I thought I heard thunder... the long, low rumbling kind. Now, I know the theory behind thunder -- hot and cold air masses colliding -- but I never thought it could happen in winter. I mean, I've been hanging around this planet for just about 59 years now*, and have never come across this phenomenon. Hadn't heard it before, nor even heard OF it before. So when I did hear it, I thought maybe part of the Escarpment broke away... http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/480581--thundersnow-rattles-the-windows __ *the clock turns over next week
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
2 Feb 11
iT'S WIERD, ISN'T IT? yEARS ago we had a big snow coming down & it started thundering. That's the only time i have ever experienced it but it does make u wonder what the heck, lol.
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Feb 11
It's part of the "lake effect" where the air over the water is "warmer", having absorbed all that heat from the summer sun.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 11
You'll have to tell me all about it since we don't have snow in CA. :D
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Feb 11
Yes you do, up there on top of Mt Shasta...
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 11
Never go there. It has snow and it's cold! :D Anyway the Lake Tahoe snow is closer.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 11
er that's the Nevada side of it. :D
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
2 Feb 11
i didnt hear it but my mom did. lucky today was a snowday for my family. It has already moved towards Quebec which is good.
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Feb 11
I think it was a snow day for pretty much everyone today... no mail or garbage pickup, though I did get the Spec this morning.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
2 Feb 11
Moving towards Quebec-good, you say??? Not good, I live in New Brunswick. LOL
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@patgalca (14257)
• Orangeville, Ontario
3 Feb 11
We had compost and recycle bin pick-ups today but not garbage. Wonder whether the same guys that drive the garbage trucks drive the snowplows.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
3 Feb 11
Even tho I've never heard it myself, I've heard about thunder storms with snow, so I guess you have experienced it now yourself!
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
3 Feb 11
This storm originated in Texas, so how much weather did you experience?
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
3 Feb 11
We had rain and lots of wind and the temp dropped, but it wasn't cold enough - then - to sleet or snow.
@patgalca (14257)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Feb 11
My cousin lives in the U.S. - either Ohio or Michigan (I can't keep track). On Facebook yesterday she reported having snow, thunder AND lightning. I had never heard of it before either but obviously it is possible. I just saw on the news where a building collapsed, first the roof and then the walls. They said it sounded like thunder. One must be cautious that what they are hearing is in fact thunder and not your roof about to cave in. The weather has gotten so crazy all over the world (Australia is a good example). Makes you think.
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Feb 11
I didn't see the lightning as I was facing away from the window, but the young woman in the unit right next to me saw it. And luckily, my roof has a steep pitch, so not much accumulates on it.
@patgalca (14257)
• Orangeville, Ontario
3 Feb 11
I had my husband go up and clean off the roof yesterday before this storm hit so we wouldn't get too much weight up there. However, for the first time in 15 years we had a pipe freeze - the one under the bathtub preventing cold water and drainage. My husband had to go into the garage with a hair dryer. Not sure why it happened; we've had colder weather than this.
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@peavey (16300)
• United States
2 Feb 11
That's happened here in CO a couple of times. Very rare, but it has happened. We missed the worst of this huge storm. It went south of us, but we got a few inches of snow and some very cold weather. It's starting to warm up a little now, though. (Above zero anyway)
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Feb 11
I cleared about a foot off the walk today, and about another inch has accumulated since then... still snowing at 3:30 pm.
@peavey (16300)
• United States
2 Feb 11
You'll probably think I'm weird, but I envy you.
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
3 Feb 11
I have heard thunder before during a snowstorm. It surprised me too. You can have tornadoes too in the winter but not during a snowstorm. we had the big snow too, so glad that it is over. I am hoping the rest of the winter is mild and that the groundhog knows his stuff. THINK SPRING!!!!
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
3 Feb 11
THINKING SPRING THINKING SPRING THINKING SPRING
@GardenGerty (96657)
• Marion, Kansas
3 Feb 11
Unfortunately, I have experienced it. About four years ago, and I did not have my laptop on a surge protector. It fried the connection. We went three places before it was discovered that the connection was damaged. We were able to keep it limping along until it could hardly be kept charged anymore. Then I got a new laptop. So enjoy the phenomenon, but protect your electronics.
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
3 Feb 11
Always good advice.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
2 Feb 11
Oh yes, there is thunder is the winter as well. Don't know why, but I have heard it myself.
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
3 Feb 11
Hot and cold air masses bump into each other... But I've never heard it in winter before.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Feb 11
Here in Minnesota we have at least one Thundersnow storm a year. I have seen lightening in a snow storm before here as well. It's kind of neat to see and hear I feel. But then again I am a die hard Minnesotan after all. We got about 7 inches of snow in this storm and it was no big deal. Everything ran smoothly except for sliding cars and spin outs etc. All businesses and mail etc open. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Feb 11
My friend who grew up in Montreal asked yesterday how much 30cm was (that was what they forecast). I said "about a foot" to which she said "Psish! that's nothing!" It's about 2' high outside my kitchen door, and even higher farther in that "alley" between my unit and the next.
@dfollin (12471)
• United States
2 Feb 11
We live in the northern Virginia area and last week when we had that large snow storm.Myself,my teenage daughter and 4 year old grandaughter was here.My grandaughter's mother was at work about 3 miles away and we were texting each other about if we thought when she got off work she would be able to get here safely to get her daughter.Then all of the sudden we heard thunder and we all looked at each other.The little girl went to the window to see what that noise was.She said,"Grandma,but it's snowing,not raining!".Then I texted to her mother,"It's thundering!" and she said back,"Now,Iam sure then it was thunder if you heard it there too."
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@BarBaraPrz (19361)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Feb 11
One of my neighbors has experienced it before, but she didn't hear it this morning.
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