Bomb Cyclone hits Oregon… What is a Bomb Cyclone?
The headline said something like... "Bomb Cyclone hits Oregon" I was like... Excuse me!? What is a Bomb Cyclone?. When I hear the words "Bomb Cyclone" I think of two things, a cool muscle car that was produced by Mercury from 1964 to 1971. Actually the "Bomb" part of it makes me think that its an exceptionally nice version of that vehicle. Secondly I think of a boat made by Centurion but I'm realizing that this particular headline is not referring to either. It is however referring to something you may be interested in if you're travelling to Oregon or Northern California for the Thanksgiving holiday.
According to cnn.com
The term bomb cyclone can be traced back to a meteorological research paper published in a 1980 edition of Monthly Weather Review.
Its authors, MIT meteorologists Fred Sanders and John Gyakum, built upon work by Swedish meteorology researcher Tor Bergeron, who had initially defined "rapidly deepening" storms as those that met the 24 millibars-in-24 hours criterion.
But Bergeron was way up in Scandinavia, where storms strengthen much quicker because of the latitude (remember the Coriolis effect?).
Sanders and Gyakum adjusted the ground rules to vary based on latitude. And they added the term "bomb" because of the explosive power that these storms derive from rapid pressure drops (though Gyakum reportedly doesn't use that word anymore because of its reference to weaponry).
Now that we cleared that up... this is the result of yesterdays "Bomb Cyclone"
#GOESWest recorded an intense #BombCyclone that formed off the coast of #Oregon and Northern #California on 11/26/2019. Heavy #snow, strong #winds, freezing #rain, & coastal #flooding will likely impact #Thanksgiving travel plans in some areas. Stay safe!