Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

"Bomb Cyclone" Winter Storm Explodes Over The East Coast


A so-called "bomb cyclone" is swirling northward along the east coast of the USA, bring snow, ice, and wind.

The storm, known as a "bomb cyclone", is expected to continue to affect eastern North America into the weekend.almost 60 million people are in the path of the storm, with blizzard warnings in effect from Georgia to ME in the US. All flights at New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia airports had to be halted for because of heavy snowfall.

More than 5,000 US airline flights were canceled.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who issued the warnings in New York City, Westchester and Long Island, said in a tweet Thursday: "This is not a normal storm". "Power outage risk followed by arctic air Fri/Sat a big concern!" This strengthening is called bombogenesis, or a bomb cyclone.

Bombogenesis is said to occur when a storm's central barometric pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. "It becomes a question of common sense for New Yorkers".

In New Jersey, more grit and salt has been used on the roads during this storm so far than in the entire winter past year.

A bomb cyclone, or more specifically just a "bomb" in terms of weather, is a "rapid intensification of a cyclone with surface pressure expected to fall by at least 24 millibars in 24 [hours]", per the National Weather Service.

A cyclone warning has been issued for NY where as much as 30cm of snow is expected, as well as some other areas in Long Island, New Jersey and CT.

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The National Weather Service is upping the ante a bit. Weather forecasters warned a so-called "bomb cyclone" will likely form off the New England coast as the storm system makes its way north.

Three of those were in North Carolina where trucks skidded off snow-covered roads and overturned, WBALTV reported. Another winter storm system will come just close enough to our area to cause some chaos just in time for your Thursday morning commute.

Authorities in Vineland, N.J. reported that a 57-year-old man was found dead Thursday morning, apparently from exposure to the bitter temperatures. And is a "bomb cyclone" even a real phenomenon? New York City schools were also closed, as were schools in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The cold spell in much of the country has been blamed for more than a dozen deaths over the past few days, including two homeless people in Houston, according to Reuters.

The vortex is represented in the gif below by the swirling purple mass, which shows forecasted temperatures as low as -21°F.

The "snow hurricane" has moved into New England, closing schools, government offices and airports as snowfall and -20C temperatures pummel the region.

While "bomb cyclones" - the type of storm that's heading toward the Northeast - aren't particularly uncommon, the temperatures this storm will bring to the region will be far colder than a similar storm that hit the region in November 2014.

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