Bomb cyclone: a dangerous storm with a catchy name is headed toward Northeast Ohio

Updated: Mar. 14, 2019 at 5:04 PM EDT
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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.

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