Real-life bomb cyclone brings snow and freezing temperatures to the Northeast

A blast of cold air and the remnants of winter brought another blast of strange weather to the northeastern United States on Thursday.

The region may be without power for hours, as fallen trees and flooding wreak havoc. In New York City, temperatures dropped to 29 degrees, and wind chills were actually lower: 13 degrees. In Boston, it was 11 degrees.

It also brought a relatively quick dumping of snow in the Syracuse and Binghamton areas of New York — up to 6 inches, to be exact.

Earlier in the week, weather geeks had feasted on the tweet of a killer storm nicknamed Bomb Cyclone that was recorded in the North Atlantic. The storm seemed like it had little to do with anything in the middle of winter, which is how it got dubbed. But in reality, it had something to do with a bomb cyclone:

The Weather Channel reports that a bomb cyclone occurs when the pressure at the center of the storm is at the lowest level possible. This is what makes it a bomb:

A storm reached a pressure of about 2576 millibars — about 51 millibars below the Feb. 26, 2010, storm in Buffalo, according to the North Atlantic cyclone benchmark used to measure the bomb. It hit Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported. And meteorologists believe this was a bomb. Bomb cyclones are a relatively rare occurrence — they occur under the florals and blue skies of winter. But things can quickly turn.

Piers Corbyn, a meteorologist who wrote about the bomb on his Facebook page:

Today, we got 441 flights cancelled from three metro airports and flight options in Boston are totally jammed and blown out of the water. That’s a good score. — Piers Corbyn (@piersdpmacolonial) May 3, 2018

The most recent bomb cyclone in March 2016 made it to the coast of Florida, but was not particularly strong.

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