What Exactly Is A Bomb Cyclone? Winter Turned Up To 11

posted by BJ Ragone -

If you haven't done so already, it's time to break out the big thick winter coats, get your shovels and snow blowers ready, and as my pal Frankie MacDonald (my favorite weather man) says buy cases of pepsi, buy cases of coca-cola, and order all your takeout food. 

A "bomb cyclone" is heading our way. And no, that is not just how Guy Fieri would deliver the weather, it is an actual thing. 

So what exactly is it? 

According to the BBC:

A "bomb cyclone" or "weather bomb" is an unofficial term for what is known as explosive cyclogenesis, according to BBC Weather.

This occurs when the central pressure of a low pressure system falls by 24 millibars in 24 hours and can result in violent winds developing around the system.

The winds can be strong enough to bring down trees and cause structural damage.

Well there you have it. This is going to basically be a winter hurricane in some areas. 

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