Thundersnow and Other Previously Unknown Facts of Life

I was just Skyping Forgottenman and he commented on the massive thunder there.
I remarked that at least that meant no snow and said I wondered why it never thundered before a snowstorm. 
He answered that it did.  Thundersnow.
At which point I had to look it up and sure enough, this is what I discovered thanks to Google:


  1. snowfall accompanied by thunder and lightning.

    “thundersnow happens in Iowa about once every winter”

    Gobsmacked. How can I have never heard of this?  Had any of you heard of it?

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

12 thoughts on “Thundersnow and Other Previously Unknown Facts of Life

      1. slmret

        I’ve rarely seen snow — usually in the mountains at Christmases in the 1970’s! It was nothing like the snow that falls these days, and even the rainstorms were less violent then than they are now. This is the first year that I’ve seen much lightning, and I had only heard of thundersnow in the last 5 years or so!


  1. Rita Harrington

    Lived my first 37 years in Kansas where we had lots of thunderstorms and lots of snow, but I never heard of thundersnow. Just shows we are never too old to learn something new! Rita



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