Astronaut spots 'rare thundersnow' amid 2016 blizzard from space
The recent snowstorm in the northeastern U.S. gave astronaut Scott Kelly a view of an unusual weather system.
On Saturday, as the inclement conditions continued, he tweeted a photo with the caption "Rare #thundersnow visible from @Space_Station in #blizzard2016!"
As the name suggests, the weather phenomenon occurs when thunder and lightning are present during snowfall.
According to the Weather Channel, these types of storms are different than the normal ones which consist of vertical funnels of warm, humid air.
Thundersnow typically happens when snow clouds get bumped upward due to fierce winds or other strong pressures.
As the instability increases during a cold period, snow can form and electrification can occur.
In addition to the thundersnow photo, Kelly released other blizzard-related images which he took aboard the International Space Station.
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