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Thundersnow in Massachusetts Electrifies a White Christmas

Thundersnow in Massachusetts Electrifies a White Christmas

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 06:20 AM

Thundersnow in Massachusetts electrified a "White Christmas" on Monday for many around the Boston area as multiple strikes of lightning were reported during the morning hours, MassLive.com reported.

Thundersnow, resulting in the rare combination of thunder and lightning during a snow storm, last happened in Massachusetts this past February, MassLive.com said. The National Weather Service acknowledged those who contacted them about their thundersnow sightings.

WCVB-TV reported the thundersnow was courtesy of a fast-moving storm that blanketed much of the region in snow, lowering visibility. Lightning strikes were detected by radar about 9:30 a.m. in Needham, Wellesley, and Newton, the television station said.


Strong wind gusts helped down trees in areas Cape Cod and other areas, WCVB-TV stated.

Some shared their video and thundersnow warnings on social media.

Thundersnow was reported in New York as well.

"Most thundersnow events develop when 'ordinary' flat, layered snow clouds develop upward bumps or "turrets" ….," Greg Forbes, of The Weather Channel said in 2015 about the phenomenon. "…These turrets can develop when there is some strong lifting mechanism around the 20,000 foot level, such as an approaching strong mid- and upper-level trough. Winds with the upper trough bring in colder air aloft, and the lifting also cools the layer. Air cools as it rises.

"When the air above the initial cloud layer is relatively cool and dry, and when the added cooling and lifting is strong, a shallow layer just above the original flat cloud can become unstable. This makes it favorable for 'elevated convection' – showers or thunderstorms," Forbes continued.

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Thundersnow in Massachusetts electrified a "White Christmas" on Monday for many around the Boston area as multiple strikes of lightning were reported during the morning hours.
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