East coast of America braces for a 'bomb cyclone' of freezing weather

East coast of America braces for a 'bomb cyclone' of freezing weather”

This winter storm is a Nor'easter. And after the "bomb cyclone" hits on Thursday, it's expected to get even colder.

Ryan Maue, of the USA weather service, tweeted: "Rapidly developing "bomb cyclone" off U.S. east coast will see pressure drops 24 millibars / 24 hours (probably closer to 40 or 50 mb), hurricane forces winds, blizzard conditions with heavy snowfall along coast during next 48-hours". The lower the air pressure in the middle of the storm, the more intense that cyclone is. We measure air pressure in inches of mercury or millibars.

And those pressure changes can create violent winds and weather. Winds as high as 77 miles per hour (the strength of a category-1 hurricane) were reported in eastern North Carolina.

This term is almost the same as a bomb, but refers more specifically to a bomb's development-hence the inclusion of "genesis".

The "bombing" occurs when a low pressure system's central pressure falls 24 millibars in 24 hours or less. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it "describes a midlatitude cyclone that rapidly intensifies".

The Miami Herald says it has been three years since people in South Florida experienced cold like this.

This is what happened at the end of October, though of course then it did not result in a snow storm, a bomb storm nonetheless.

"People think it's nuts before a storm happens, with everyone getting milk, bread, etc." she said, adding with a laugh, "but it's even worse in the days afterward, because they do the same thing but they're a little insane from cabin fever". The center of the storm is far offshore. It brought high winds and swift, heavy snowfall.

Bomb cyclone is a term that has been used in meteorology since at least the 1980s.

"We don't call it a winter hurricane", Nicosia said. All storms worldwide are known as cyclones.

In Vermont's capital city of Montpelier, with the temperature at minus 5 Saturday, business was slow at La Brioche Bakery but soups were a big seller, said bakery clerk Caroline Cunningham. That's just what this storm will do through Thursday. A nor'easter refers to a storm that runs along the East Coast of North America, according to the weather service.

In pic: Snow covers cars along a street as snow and cold weather blanket the area in Savannah, Georgia.

Do you understand how cold it is on the East Coast right now? Most of the snow will happen along the coast today and tomorrow, and then very cold winds will hammer the northeast USA, possibly bringing record-shattering freezing temperatures on Friday and over the weekend.

The National Weather Service warns that heavy snow and frigid temperatures will make travel hard, and added that there are likely to be power outages throughout Boston, Eastern Massachusetts, and Rhode Island on Thursday.

The eastern third of the USA has experienced bone-chillingly cold weather over the past week-and things are going to get worse before they get better.

The storm could bring "very risky conditions", he warned Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and parts of MA as of Wednesday.

The brutal storm raced up the East Coast, forcing school closings, canceling flights and knocking out power to thousands.

The National Weather Service said 13.2 inches came down in Boston; 9 inches covered the ground in Manhattan; 9.2 fell in Hartford, Connecticut; and 13.9 inches were measured in Providence, Rhode Island.

Boston officials briefly thought they would need to a evacuate a shelter near the flooded areas, Walsh said.

"It's simply easier to communicate about a complex storm if it has a name, which our naming program has demonstrated", according to Bryan Norcross, senior hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel.

Research meteorologists Fred Sanders and John Gyakum firmed up the phrase with exact criteria in 1980. "We've had storms that have been happening like this for ages", he said.

A major winter storm is expected to impact the entire East Coast over the next two days.

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