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Region hit by thunder and lightning

Region hit by thunder and lightning

Thursday night and into Friday the Capital Region got a side order of thunder and lighting with its

Thursday night and into Friday the Capital Region got a side order of thunder and lighting with its drizzle.

“We had some lightning strikes,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee in Albany.

A warm front caused a few strikes Thursday overnight, with a few notable strikes in the Glens Falls area early Friday morning. Then Friday afternoon, as a cold front moved northeast across the area, Lee said, he heard reports of a scattering of Capital Region lightning strikes, mainly concentrated in a strip from southern Albany up through northern Rensselaer County.

“It’s heading into Vermont at this point,” Lee said Friday afternoon.

Thunder storms are often associated with spring because of the unstable weather that tends to accompany that season. The recent lighting, however, is not an omen of spring.

“Actually our models suggest it’s going to get really cold again,” Lee said.

Lighting, he explained, is caused by instability. The recent warm and subsequent cold front caused a charge separation in the clouds, which formed the lighting.

“The weather is just teasing us,” Lee said. “It doesn’t mean spring is coming.”

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