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.
Weather coverage in the 1990s: "Frigid winter weather continues as the east coast braces for a major snowstorm."— J Burton (@JBurtonXP) January 3, 2018
Weather coverage in the 2010s: "SIXTY MEGATON 'BOMB CYCLONE' POISED TO ANNIHILATE ALL LIFE EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI!!! CALL YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM TO ACT NO—"
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.
Are we really gonna act like Jack Hall didn’t warn us about this very exact thing? 90% of the country is in a deep freeze.— Tara A N G E L 🗝☮⚛ (@TaraAngel94) January 3, 2018
“Snow in Florida” “Arctic Blast” “Polar Vortex” “Bomb Cyclone”
“Day After Tomorrow” “Chiberia” #bombcyclone pic.twitter.com/WQ1j6PKzxQ