DISCUSSION: Although much of the world's attention is currently attracted to the majestic presence of Major Hurricane Fernanda churning it up across the open waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, there is another story to behold across western South America. This story is best described by a winter storm which just impacted areas both in and around the city of Santiago, Chile. This winter blast was a direct result of onshore flow moving towards and over the Andes which run directly along the city of Santiago. Hence, this was a perfect set-up for there to be a classic occurrence of orographically-enhanced snowfall (i.e., snowfall which experiences an increased hourly snowfall rate as a result of air parcels being forced up and over a mountain side). To learn more about this particular event from both Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz (from the Global Weather and Climate Center) and Meteorologist Derek Van Dam (from the CNN World Weather Center), watch the brief video briefing above.
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©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz