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#1    novaceleste

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:17 PM

I was wondering if someone can help. I'm from deep south Texas and my husband and I keep arguing about whether it lightenings during snowstorms. I have searched the web and found nothing. Could anyone help???

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:20 PM

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I was wondering if someone can help. I'm from deep south Texas and my husband and I keep arguing about whether it lightenings during thunderstorms. I have searched the web and found nothing. Could anyone help???



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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:22 PM

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I was wondering if someone can help. I'm from deep south Texas and my husband and I keep arguing about whether it lightenings during thunderstorms. I have searched the web and found nothing. Could anyone help???

REDO!! REDO!!  laugh.gif I meant to say snowstorm! I'm such a moron! laugh.gif

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:25 PM

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REDO!! REDO!!  laugh.gif I meant to say snowstorm! I'm such a moron! laugh.gif



That doesn't make u stupid, I mess up all the time  grin2.gif  I cant really ever remember seeing lightning in snow but i'm young (24 original.gif  ) I`ll ask some more of my "seasoned" friends if they can ever recall seeing it.


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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:30 PM

You can have a thunder storm with snow. Whilst London isn't really that cold in the winter I have seen this happen a few times, the last time being about a year ago.

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:31 PM

i thought for lightning to strike the air has to be pretty warm but i may be wrong let me check my encyclopedia of science

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:32 PM

I have never seen a lightning during a snowstorm, but I think that the changes that you see a lightning under a snowstorm are the same as when it`s raining, after all both snow and fluent water is water.

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:33 PM

Snowstorms do produce thunder and lightning only less frequently than summertime thunderstorms. Also, snowflakes with a larger surface than raindrops scatter sound and light more efficiently. In addition, visibility during snowstorms is often very low, making the flashes harder to see.

The flashes, or lightning, that you see in the sky are giant atmospheric sparks caused by a sudden release of energy between separated electrical charges in the clouds. Local variations of wind speed and direction or shear transport charges to different areas within a cloud, until the potential grows strong enough for a discharge.

In winter, strong localized shears are uncommon and charge separation is weak. Lightning will still occur at the frontal zones, however, where cold air meets warmer air.

In the Great Lakes region, cold air from Canada meets the warmer air over the lakes and causes precipitation. "You'll get thunder snowstorms right along the south shores of Lakes Ontario and Erie," says Rick Watling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

And although lightning is less common in winter, it is even more deadly than at any other time of the year, Watling says. That's because wintertime strikes tend to carry more current then their summertime counterparts.

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:35 PM

It is more to do with electrical build up with in the clouds. The best conditions for this when it is hot but it isn't exclusively. It is not something that I have seen often (mabe only 2 or 3 times in my 40 years).

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:37 PM

Wow Pax! That is intresting, thanks! original.gif

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 03:40 PM

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Wow Pax! That is intresting, thanks! original.gif


you are quite welcome... glad to be of service  grin2.gif


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Posted 12 April 2006 - 04:30 PM

Happens probably 2 or 3 times a year here in Michigan. Not unusual at all.


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Posted 12 April 2006 - 04:43 PM

I have lived in Calgary Canada most of my life and I have to say I have never seen lightning during a snowstorm ever.  I have seen hail storms produce lighning.  I have seen snow in the middle of summer befor and I have seen it as warm as 25 degree's C in december,I have seen a couple of tornado's to. Living so close to the Rockies we get some wierd weather,we get what they call Chinooks,  warm air comming over the mountains from the pacific that can produce some very strange weather,but no I can't recall ever seeing lightning in a snowstorm ever,not saying it doesn't happen though.

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 05:19 PM

I live in Maine and for most of the year it snows here and I've never remembered seeing lightning while it was snowy. I'll ask my spouse and his mother and if they say then have then I"ll let ya know-if not then you know it don't. grin2.gif

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 06:46 PM

Happens on the US East Coast almost every winter if we get a particularly nasty "Nor'easter." Thunder, lightning, and storming snow. Just happened during the 30" in Central Park blizzard.

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