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This might sound funny, but I'll ask it anyways. Is it possible for a thunderstorm to occur during a snowstorm? I've always wondered that for some reason.

Posted May 10, 2008

MIKE MOSS SAYS:       Aaron,      It is fairly uncommon for surface temperatures cold enough for snow to reach the ground to coincide with enough instability, strong updrafts and mixed precipitation aloft to produce lightning and thunder, but it does happen on occasion. When it does, the quiet of falling snow together with the rumble or crash of thunder from nearby lightning strikes can be quite an awesome combination, especially at night.  I was lucky enough to experience just such an event in the Fayetteville area back in March of 1983.


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