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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:34
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( – has officially placed the Thundersnow Watch product in the list of high impact alerts offered to views of the Facebook Page, Website, and/or the vast e-mail alert system offered, after the product was issued for Thundersnow across Eastern Ohio and the Western half Of Pennsylvania on Monday night through Tuesday morning, which verified, marking weather forecast history in being the first source to accurately outline the zone where thundersnow would strike when other meteorologists would tell you it’s impossible.

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Over the course of the season, thundersnow events were put to the test.  This season has had less thundersnow events than any other season in the last 10 years.  Even thought it may see like this season was full of snow-storms across the country, it ranked the lowest for producing thundersnow.  Formula masks have been developed off hits and misses, coming up with a median solution to predicting where concentrated areas of thundersnow may happen.   A strike or two is not considered concentrated … however a number strikes is.

On Monday, February 17, 2014 the first TWS Thundersnow Watch was issued based off the new formula mask research.  During the night on Monday and into Tuesday morning, both lightning detection methods and reports from viewers indicated thunderstorms were across the Western half of Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.  This verified the Thundersnow Watch.

Lightning can be detected by a network of lightning detectors.  However, 50% of lightning strikes are not detected, due to various interferences, including terrain.  So during the TWS Thundersnow Watch of 2/17 and 2/18/2014 … Radar indicated updrafts powerful enough for lightning to be possible, which is in the image below.  This moved through Southwest Pennsylvania through Southeast Ohio during the night of the 17th.  When it finally crossed out of the higher elevation zones it was then detected by lightning detectors.  This means that it likely was producing lightning even before being detected … Remember 50% of strikes are only detected in the national lightning strike detection network.

Through Tuesday morning, lightning came out of Eastern Ohio and was reported crossing into Western Pennsylvania.  Because lightning was in Eastern Ohio and Western PA, it verified the Thundersnow Watch, a first in weather forecast history as many meteorologists today think it is such a rare event that it may not be predictable.

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