Thundersnow: Deafening boom over Edinburgh caught on Hive camera

The ear-splitting sound of thundersnow, which woke tens of thousands of Edinburgh residents in the early hours of Friday morning, has been caught on camera.

The dramatic moment was recorded by Alison Beattie Jarvie, from her home in Leith, close to the Ocean Terminal.

“It was my Hive camera in my grandson's bedroom,” the 40-year-old explained,“I didn’t even realise I had it on camera until this morning.”

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Thankfully her 3-year-old grandson was not staying in the bedroom last night.

The ear-splitting sound of thundersnow, which woke tens of thousands of Edinburgh residents in the early hours of Friday morning, has been caught on camera. (Credit: Alison Beattie Jarvie)
The ear-splitting sound of thundersnow, which woke tens of thousands of Edinburgh residents in the early hours of Friday morning, has been caught on camera. (Credit: Alison Beattie Jarvie)

The Hive camera in the corner of the room captured the bright light that flashed across the sky at 4:46am, before the deafening crash of thundersnow that followed.

The rare weather phenomenon is caused when the air low to the ground is warm enough to cause a thunderstorm, while the air above it is cold enough to create snow.

As the snow falls, the lightning is reflected off tens of millions of snowflakes, making the storm brighter than usual.

Despite the deafening crash of thunder that woke most of the city this morning, Alison slept soundly.

“I slept through it but my 15 year old son didn’t, he was terrified!

“My eldest son stays in lochend, he just phoned me saying he woke up thinking a plane had crashed.

“My youngest said he thought it was a bomb!

“I thought my boys were being a tad dramatic,” joked Alison.

“I’m not usually a heavy sleeper but the dog and I never heard a thing! He’s deaf though so that’s his excuse!”

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