Satellite Captures 'Prolific Thundersnow' as Storm Slams Buffalo

A satellite recorded “prolific thundersnow” in the Great Lakes region over the early hours of November 18 as a winter storm dropped several feet of snow in western New York, the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) said.

This timelapse imagery, captured between midnight and 7 am on Friday, shows blue flashes when lightning activity has been detected. The images were captured by GOES-16, a geostationary satellite operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and posted online by CIRA, which works in partnership with the NOAA.

As those images were being recorded, snow was falling at a rate of up to 3 inches per hour off Lake Erie, making for “extremely difficult travel” in some areas, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The heavy lake-effect snow was expected to continue through November 18, the NWS said. Credit: CIRA/NOAA via Storyful

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