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What is Thundersnow?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

image of a car driving during an extreme thundersnow storm with lightning in the backdrop As with any snowstorm, thundersnow storms create visibility hazards for drivers and can cause car accidents.

Have you ever been watching the snow fall outside your window and hear the familiar sound of thunder rumbling through the sky? That is not your ears playing tricks on you! Thunder can happen during winter too---and it even has its own name…THUNDERSNOW!

The true definition of “thundersnow” is an unusual kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically happens near the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the mid-western states, and the Great Salt Lake.

A fun fact about “thundersnow” is that you must be close in proximity, (as in 2-3 miles away), from the storm to even hear the thunder boom. A traditional thunderstorm can be heard many, many miles away. Why is this? Well. Snow acts as an acoustical barrier…making it difficult to hear farther away. Cool, huh?

If you have never heard of “thundersnow” it is probably because it is very rare. According to a 2009 study from the Royal Meteorological Society, this phenomenon occurs in only 0.07 percent of snowstorms in the United States. Jim Cantore, one of the meteorologists for The Weather Channel is a huge fan of “thundersnow.” His reaction to seeing it and capturing it on camera, back in 2011, in Chicago, is hilarious and amazing to see. Watch it here.

But remember, as cool as they may be, “thundersnow storms” are still extremely dangerous. As with any snowstorm, they create visibility hazards for drivers and can cause car accidents. Homes can be affected by heavy snow by piling up on rooftops, creating roof damage or flooding. A “thundersnow's” strong tropical storm force level winds can also cause property damage.

If your Salem, or nearby home, has suffered storm damage of any kind, you need to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County right away. Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We are dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. We’re here when you need us. Call us today.

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