CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - When we see a storm like the one the U.S. has dealt with this week, a term you hear a lot of is “bomb cyclone” or “bombogenesis.”
The term became very popular back in 2014 with a major East Coast storm that underwent rapid intensification.
And that’s what bombogensis means: a storm getting very strong very fast.
It usually happens over land with a classic mid-latitude cyclone, like the one this week, but it can also happen over sea, as long as it’s not tropical in nature.
This occurs mainly in the North Atlantic. When a storm “bombs out,” that simply means it’s undergoing that rapid strengthening.
The effects of a typical bomb cyclone are exactly what we’re seeing this week--huge temperature swings, winds to 80 mph, severe weather and blizzards. There are several terms and phrases that explain the same weather scenario: explosive cyclogenesis, weather bomb, meteorological bomb are just a few.