Tag: thundersnow

Mad as the Mist and Snow

Mad as the Mist  and Snow
  I remember the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011 and the wild and terrifying beauty of the thundersnow. It was  just amazing–a powerful force of nature. I was reminded of this poem by William Butler Yeats.  It’s been years  since I read it.  I read the poem again, and I was struck by its immediacy.  It... Read more »

It was Snowzilla, the Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon---the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011

It was Snowzilla, the Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon---the Groundhog Day Blizzard  of 2011
It was called Snowzilla, the Snowpocalyspe, and Snowmageddon.  If you were in Chicago, you will never forget the Groundhog Day Blizzard. It  began on  February 1  and lasted through  February 2, 2011. Chicago experienced  as much as two feet of snow and blizzard conditions, with winds of over 60 mph. The  official record at O’Hare Airport was... Read more »

Thundersnow? Yes!!!

Now, winter storm Neptune  blankets the northeast. Boston is getting more snow in a month than Chicago has  ever had in an entire  winter. Ever. Here is a video of Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore reporting on the scene of the storm. If you’re tired of snow, this is for you. If you love snow,... Read more »
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Graupel? Thundersnow!

Graupel? Thundersnow!
To add to our expanding lexicon of snow, along with ever-increasing snow accumulation, today we have Graupel and Thundersnow.  (No, they are not  rock bands touring with Polar Vortex.) What is Graupel? According to About.com, “Graupel forms when snow in the atmosphere encounters supercooled water.  Ice crystals form on the outside of the snow and accumulate until... Read more »