Lightning can, and commonly does strike during a snowstorm. this phenomenon is known as β€œthundersnow.” stormhighway.com/thunders…
The film Planes, Trains and Automobiles was based on true events experienced by writer and director John Hughes. Winter winds forced his flight to be canceled, he stayed in a hotel, a snowstorm the next day caused more delays, the plane he eventually got on was diverted to Denver, then Phoenix. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
In 1717 a series of snowstorms caused caused snowdrifts more than 20 feet (6 m) high in New England, USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A snowstorm with lightning is called a thundersnow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
Today I learned about the Cleveland Superbomb, one of the worst winter storms ever to hit the US Midwest. More like a hurricane than a snowstorm, the Superbomb of β€˜78 dumped 30-90cm (1-3 ft) and had winds gusting to 160kmh (100mph) that created drifts up to 8m (25ft). Around 70 deaths were blamed on the storm. content.time.com/time/spe…
In 1910 the deadliest avalanche in US history took the lives of 96 people when a passenger train, stuck crossing Stevens Pass during a snowstorm that dumped 11 feet, was hit broadside by a slab ten-foot-tall, half a mile long, and a quarter of a mile wide when lightning struck the mountain. awesomestories.com/asset/…
Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen once got frozen into a snowbank during a snowstorm, fashioned a chisel out of his own feces, and carved his way out. theverge.com/2014/2/24/54…
Today I learned of 43 climbers who were killed in October 2014 in a series of snowstorms and avalanches in Nepal's worst ever trekking disaster. As a result, Annapurna has the highest fatality rate for mountains over 8,000 meters high, with nearly 32% having died in the attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Today I learned of Vasily Stalin, son of Joseph Stalin and President of the USSR Air Force ice hockey team in 1950 when most of its members died in a snowstorm plane crash. Worried that his father would be angry, he concealed the crash and quickly replaced the deceased players. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas…
American President William Henry Harrison delivered his 1 hour 45 minute inaugural address in a snowstorm while wearing neither a hat or coat, promptly contracted pneumonia, and died less than a month later, making his the shortest presidency in history blogs.britannica.com/2009…
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon was created in early 1994 by three Albright College students after watching Footloose during a heavy snowstorm. The three inventors released a book on the subject, with an introduction written by Bacon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
In 1983 a major snowstorm caused NHL referees to miss the first period of a Whalers/Devils game, so an injured player from each team legally filled in as refs until the second period. seattletimes.com/sponsore…
The word "blizzard" has a specific, technical definition. The National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a snowstorm with sustained 35 mph (56 kph) winds with visibility under 1/4 mile (400m) lasting at least three hours. accuweather.com/en/weathe…
MIT's self-driving cars can drive 60mph during a snowstorm at night... while staying perfectly in their lane ll.mit.edu/news/Highly-ac…
The deadliest natural disaster are the 1931 China floods. Caused by extreme cyclone activity and heavy snowstorms it is estimated to have killed as many as 4 million people. At its peak the Yangtze River was 16m above it's normal depth. wikipedia.org/wiki/1931_C…
In the 1870s, a woman named Nellie Cashman organized and led a party of six to take 1500 lbs of supplies to 26 miners stranded in the B.C. mountains by a snowstorm, after the Canadian Army refused to act because it was too dangerous. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nel…
William Henry Harrison delivered by far the longest (8460 words) inaugural address in 1841. He delivered it in a snowstorm and came down with pneumonia as a result of it, dying 1 month later and giving him the other distinction of being the shortest serving president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1833 a meteor shower occurred that was so intense that "the frequency of meteors was estimated to be about half that of flakes of snow in an average snowstorm." leonid.arc.nasa.gov/histo…
On Feburary 27, 1717 a series of massive snowstorms began in New England. A week later, 95% of the deer population had died and many single-story homes were completely buried. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
After NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas died from complications from a car accident while driving over 100mph in a snowstorm while not wearing a seatbelt, his family sued General Motors for $73 million. They were not awarded any money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der…
In 2006 a tech entrepreneur and his family took a shortcut through logging roads in Oregon while driving to the Pacific coast and got lost in a snowstorm. After walking 16 miles for help, he perished close to where he started and less than a mile from a fully stocked fishing lodge. sfgate.com/news/article/A…
A man was charged with DUI for driving his lawnmower during a snowstorm with a blood alcohol content of over 2.5 the legal limit losangelesduiattorney.com…
There can be lightning in a snowstorm! Its called Thundersnow and is extremely rare but can occur due to the large amount of static electricity in snow! suite101.com/article/what…
The reason school buses are required to stop at all railroad crossings is because of a 1938 accident in Sandy, UT. The bus and train collided during a whiteout snowstorm killing 26 onboard. ksl.com/?sid=27814442
The Nain Rouge is a mythical dwarf from Algonquin religion that is now considered a harbinger of doom for the city of Detroit, seen before the riots of 1967 and a massive snowstorm in 1976. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai…
That it is possible for thunder and lightening to occur during a snowstorm or blizzard which produces any type of winter precipitation and is aptly named "thundersnow," when hail is present it itself is called "thundersleet." stormhighway.com/thunders…
Pop Warner Football was named after the only coach that showed up to the 1933 Junior Football Conference during a snowstorm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
William Harrison gave an hour and 45 minute long inaugural address in a snowstorm without a coat or hat. Because of this, he contracted pneumonia and died a week later. The longest inaugural address was followed by the shortest presidency. britannica.com/blogs/2009…
The only performance Otis Redding missed was scheduled for Madison, Wisconsin where his plane went down in a snowstorm flickr.com/photos/uncle_b…
A couple on their honeymoon got stranded in a snowstorm in Germany, survived a cyclone in Australia, the flooding in Brisbane, escaped bush fires in Perth, got to New Zealand just after the the 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch and in Tokyo, they felt Japan's largest temblor on record. komonews.com/news/offbeat…
Why there isn't lightning during a snowstorm straightdope.com/columns/…
Today I learned about perhaps the greatest snowstorm in US history. "The Great Blizzard of 1888". 50 inches of snow & people confined to their homes for up to a week.

New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15.2 m).

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Borgna Brunner, "The Great White Hurricane"

In 1960, a plane carrying the Minneapolis Lakers ran out of fuel and was forced to land in a cornfield during a snowstorm in Carroll, Iowa. The first civilian on-site was the town's mortician, whose house they had buzzed in the landing. assets.espn.go.com/nba/co…
Snowflakes are not unique; scientist Nancy Knight collected 2 identical flakes in a snowstorm. abc.net.au/science/articl…
The National Weather Service office in Buffalo, NY names their Lake Effect Snowstorms after animals, with a different type of animal each year. This year it's varities of cows! wbuf.noaa.gov/lakepage.ph…
The bullet shrapnel pattern seen in an X-ray is called a "lead snowstorm" radiographics.rsna.com/co…

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