I've been in Ukraine (Kiev) in the winter, and this winter was snowy and rainy but still I've never seen or listened there neither lightning nor thunders. What is the explanation for that?

I thought about two possibilities:

1) There are both, and I simply didn't see and listened. (It's strange because I had there windows and the sky was in front of me)

2) Indeed there are neither lightning nor thunder in this place. Then I would ask if there are another places like that.

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    $\begingroup$ Rain and snow without thunder and lighting is perfectly normal in many parts of the world. You don't need large contrasts in weather to produce rain or snow. $\endgroup$
    – Jan Doggen
    Dec 24 '16 at 18:04
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    $\begingroup$ To get lightning, you need convective clouds (cumulonimbus) with strong vertical air currents. You can (and are probably more likely to, especially in winter) get rain & snow from clouds without much vertical movement, such as nimbostratus. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Dec 24 '16 at 19:08

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