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January 22 2018, 12:37 | Rex Rios
Exploding Weather Myths: 'Bomb Cyclone' Explained
Called a "bomb cyclone" because its pressure fell so quickly and indicated explosive strengthening, what is resembling a winter hurricane will hammer coastal locations from Georgia to ME with ice and snow.
A majority of the East Coast, from northern Florida up to New England, is bracing for a massive winter storm that will bring hurricane winds and record cold temperatures to the region on Wednesday and Thursday.
This week's storm is expected to strike New England as a classic bomb cyclone with a dramatic 50-millibar dip in a 24-hour period.
Once the storm arrives in the ocean east of New England on Thursday, its central pressure would have fallen dramatically over the course of 24 hours. However, bomb cyclones can be risky due to the rapid intensification they bring and the extreme weather they can deliver.
In addition, a weather event that experts call a "bomb cyclone" - which is best described as a freezing hurricane - is now brewing in the Atlantic. The storm will move up the East Coast over the next two days, bringing plenty of headaches. Winter storm watches, warnings and advisories have been issued from Florida to Maine.
Parts of 15 states from Florida to ME will see effects from this developing coastal storm.
The storm is also giving forecasters a chance to play with other data-generating instruments, including the new GOES-16 satellite that just settled into position over the Eastern U.S.
The New York City Department of Education said public schools would be closed Thursday and most likely Friday due to the severe weather. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm - which means that bomb-ranked storms can conjure up devastating wintry conditions. As it does so, it will undergo a rapid intensification, or as it's called in meteorology, bombogenesis.
Expect another Environment Canada extreme cold warning in the next day or two, with frigid air descending from the Arctic on Friday and into the weekend that could see daytime readings reach a risky low of -35 C when the wind chill is factored in.