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Who Knows What a Bomb Cyclone Snow Storm Looks Like?

Posted by Barbara Fordyce on

The storm hitting the east coast today has been dubbed a "Bomb Cyclone Snow Storm" by the weather authorities. But what actually is a bomb cyclone?

Although it sounds like another hyperbolic term made up by excited weather casters, there's actually scientific criteria behind it that's related to surface-to-air pressure. The WAPO has a great discussion about bombcyclones

Today's storm is also extremely large, and covers an area that extends from Northern Florida to Maine. Satellite images at Vox show how massive the bomb cyclone storm is:

For even better maps and graphics, go to NASA's site to see the bomb cyclone storm from space:


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