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Weather terminology is starting to sound a little excessive


The east coast is dealing with one of its coldest winters in recent memory, and meteorologists say there is no reason behind it. No, they're not blaming global warming (at least not directly.) The real issue is the "bomb cyclone."

Nope, despite it its violent name, this isn't a storm that's toppling buildings. This storm isn't even knocking down trees. It's actually bringing sub-zero temps and snow to the region. So it's actually not very cyclone-eque, at all.

Bomb cyclone is really the shortened version of the weather term 'Bombogenesis.' Weather.US meteorologist Ryan Maue told the Associated Press that means
"the actual impacts aren't going to be a bomb at all. There's nothing exploding or detonating."

A storm is considered a "bomb" when the pressure drops rapidly — at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.

It's not the only storm term to go viral and be a bit misleading. Remember the polar vortex in 2014? CNN put together some other terms like 'snow eater,' which is a specific type of warm, dry wind that blows down the lee side of a mountain.

There are other terms like 'thundersnow,' 'hoarfrost,' and 'artic blast.' But there's no need to worry. You're just going to get really cold. Not die.

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