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The dreaded “bomb cyclone” is closing in on the Midwest and Great Plains, and one area likely to get walloped hard is the Great Lakes region.
But what exactly is a “bomb cyclone?”
It’s defined as a rapidly strengthening storm that drops 24 millibars in pressure in less than 24 hours.
This brings massive temperature drops — literally temps dropping in 60 seconds flat:
And then the bomb cyclone hits …. Literally 60 seconds for the temperature drop pic.twitter.com/z7qE78ClMH
— Alan Tegel (@tegelad) December 22, 2022
It’s going to be so cold, the National Weather Service is running out of colors to depict the artic freeze.
And speaking of the Great Lakes, wave models are now showing twenty-foot waves across Lake Michigan, Erie, Ontario, and Superior.
Great Lakes wave model now showing TWENTY foot waves SIMULTANEOUSLY occurring on Lake Superior, Michigan, Erie AND Ontario at the height of the storm. One for the history books coming up folks! #greatlakes #waves #bombcyclone pic.twitter.com/Q8uG7RQ6Je
— David Piano (@ONwxchaser) December 21, 2022
The biggest concern up and down the East Coast is flooding.
A bomb cyclone is expected to strike parts of the Northeast and cause widespread coastal flooding — with up to 3 feet of water — as temperatures plunge over the holiday weekend, meteorologists said Thursday.
Parts of New Jersey, Maine and Long Island are expected to be swamped by 1 to 3 feet of flooding followed by freezing during peak holiday travel times, said Fox Weather meteorologist Marissa Lautenbacher.
“This storm is very, very strong and has a deep cold air blast from the Arctic,” said Lautenbacher. “It’s going to have a big impact.”
Rapidly strengthening Arctic winds are forecast to blow up to 60 mph from the Great Lakes region to Buffalo, New York, and in parts of New England beginning Friday, potentially knocking out power.
The New York area will be hit by heavy rain followed by a temperature drop of up to 30 degrees, which could cause a “flash freeze” on roads — leading to treacherous driving conditions Friday evening, Lautenbacher said.
Everyone stay safe and warm out there, and don’t forget to keep your pets safe, too.