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Thundersnow

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.45

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     challenging words:    negative, rainstorm, atmosphere, cumulonimbus, travels, produce, form, depend, positive, thunderstorm, typical, during, percent, reason, affect, often
     content words:    Great Salt Lake, Great Lakes


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Thundersnow
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     What is thundersnow? Lightning forms in thunderclouds, specifically cumulonimbus clouds. They are created when hot, moist air rises into the atmosphere and condenses. Positive and negative charges build up in the cloud. This creates lightning. The moisture released from thunderclouds often falls as rain. But when the temperature near the ground is cold enough to freeze the moisture, it falls as snow. A thunderstorm with snow falling instead of rain is called thundersnow. Lightning during a snowstorm often looks pink or green. The different colors depend on what the light travels through to get to our eyes. Dust, smoke, raindrops, ice crystals, and other particles in the air affect the color of the light we see. Thundersnow is more often seen from lake-effect snowstorms around the Great Salt Lake or the Great Lakes. But thundersnow is rare. Only about one percent of storms produce thundersnow. .....
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