What Is Bombogenesis and How Does a 'Bomb Cyclone' Become So Dangerous?

A man walks through the streets of Boston as snow falls from a massive winter storm

'Bomb cyclone' drops on region

Although the effects of the storm will be acutely felt by East Coast residents, the most extreme weather conditions are expected to remain offshore. The storm will resemble a winter hurricane, bringing potentially damaging winds in addition to "blinding snow".

"Storms that undergo bombogenesis are among the most violent weather systems that affect a broad area", Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, said about this storm. Calling it a "bomb" sounds dire, but those kinds of storms are not exceedingly rare - there was one in New England recently. This all-day event will leave cities in the Northeast such as New York City, Nassau County, and parts of CT blanketed in heavy snow and battling brutal winds, reported the New York Post. Charleston was forecast to get 2 to 4 inches of snow and ice.

The National Weather Service predicts that the storm could undergo "bombogenesis" - a fancy term that means the storm rapidly intensifying over a 24-hour period, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. However, if the storm heads east and out into seas, the amount of snow will decrease and wind speeds will die down.

"We can expect a few of these each Fall and Winter along the U.S. East coast but many harmlessly go out to sea or impact Canada".

The major winter storm will continue to impact temperatures in Florida all the way up to ME which is expecting blizzard conditions. "You can call any low pressure system a cyclone".

Cars spun out of control on icy overpasses from Texas to Georgia, while the water park at Disney World and other Florida theme parks were closed because of the unusually cold temperatures, adding to the misery of a long cold snap across America.

Forecasters said hurricane-force winds blowing offshore on Thursday could generate 24ft seas. Mid-Atlantic and Northeast cities are going to set records for cold temperatures on January 5, with single-digits (and subzero cold) freezing New England on January 6.

A winter storm warning extended from the Gulf Coast in Florida's "Big Bend" region all the way up the Atlantic coast.

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