Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Not just another storm: what’s unusual about the ‘bomb cyclone’ headed toward the East Coast

If you live in the eastern US, from northern Florida all the way to New England, you’re in for some nasty weather: a massive winter storm called a “bomb cyclone” is hammering the coast, bringing snow, ice, flooding, and strong winds. That’s not a made-up click-bait term; it’s actually used by meteorologists to indicate a mid-latitude cyclone that intensifies rapidly — or as meteorologist Jon Martin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says, they “just kind of explode.”

“We would think of them as explosive events, they just instantly appear and get very strong,” he says. This particular bomb cyclone could become one of the most intense off the East Coast in decades, according to The Washington Post.

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