The bomb cyclone


Callie Hughes, Staff Writer

The bomb cyclone was one of the most intense winter weather events that has hit the northeast and southeast United States in the last decade. The storm spanned from northern Florida to Maine packing high snowfall totals and wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour. The storm was so powerful because of how fast it grew in a 24 hour time frame.

The pressure also dropped tremendously during the storm. Basically, the faster and lower the pressure drops, the larger and more dangerous the storm grows. According to the Washington Post, a storm has to drop more than 24 millibars (unit of pressure) in 24 hours to be classified as a bomb cyclone. This storm dropped 59 millibars in 24 hours.

Because of the storm, there was snowfall in Tallahassee, Florida, for the first time in 28 years. There was also ice in North Florida that caused slippery road conditions. In other areas of the South, such as Savannah, Georgia, one inch of snow accumulated, which was unusual for the residents because they don’t get much snow in that area.

In addition to the snow and wind, the storm also produced high water tides to rise into cities.The tides that came in were record-breaking in Boston, Massachusetts, where the tide levels rose to 4.88 feet. The flooding in the cities caused the cars to freeze into the water. The storm has since passed and many of these areas are recovering.


Works Cited

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Samenow, Jason. “The ‘Bomb Cyclone’ By the Numbers: Here’s How Much Snow, Wind and

Flooding it Unleashed.” Washington Post, Accessed 9 January 2018.

Samenow, Jason. “Historic ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Unleashes Blizzard Conditions from Coastal

Virginia to New England. Frigid Air To Follow.” Washington Post,


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