DISCUSSION: Just like what is seen during the summer, thunderstorms are indicative of strong vertical motion whether it be in a summer downpour or winter snowstorm. Such was the case over Sochi, Russia late last night when a powerful low pressure system brought heavy snowfall and rare thundersnow to the city. Unlike in the summer where thunder can be heard over 10 miles away from the lightning strike, the snow suppresses the sound and typically can only be heard about 2 miles away from the strike. If you have noticed, soon after a fresh snowfall blankets an area all is pretty quiet except for your neighbor’s snow blower clearing the way, that is the case because like mentioned before, snow is a great insulator.
Reports from around the area confirm that a general foot (30cm) of the white stuff covered the region. High pressure is in control for now before another weak area of low pressure moves through later this week, bringing more snow with it as well. While many are wondering where is winter across the United States, many places across Eastern Europe, and especially Southern sections, have seen plentiful amounts of snow so far this winter.
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~ Meteorologist Jake Keiser