A Bomb Cyclone? How about just a nice old blizzard?

By | January 3, 2018

Here’s the first headline I read after getting online this morning: “Bomb cyclone’ to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week”.

After taking a Valium to slow my panicky heart, I read it again. I realize it is the job of the media to make up headlines with words and phrases that will stir fear or anger or any other kind of negative emotion.  That’s what they’ve been doing for years and, unfortunately, that seems to be what interests people.

But ‘Bomb Cyclone’? I mean, is that a real thing or did someone just come up with that? It does sound like it’s going to be a very bad storm. Heavy snow (8-12 inches here in Southern Maine, possibly more) and wind gusts of up to 50 MPH that are likely to cause plenty of power outages. This is definitely a storm to take seriously. The center of the storm, off the coast, is said to be the most powerful to hit the area in decades.

Remember when these storms used to be called ‘Blizzards’? Now it’s a ‘Bomb Cyclone’. Why don’t they just get on the news tonight at 6 and say, “Heeya in Maine, Mistah, the shit is really gonna hit the fan tomorrow. Getcha skimobiles and genaratahs ready cause we ah gonna get pounded, hahd.”

I may be showing my ignorance (not with the Maine accent – that really happens, though not on the news). ‘Bomb Cyclone’ may be a real meteorological term. If it is, I’m glad they don’t use it often. Sounds really scary. I prefer the word ‘Blizzard’. That’s scary enough for me.

The good news is, today it got up to 26 degrees. Since when is that good news? Since the temperature has been in the negative and single numbers for the past week. And Saturday, after the ‘Bomb Cyclone’, temperatures are expected to stay below zero. That’s the high temperatures. So let’s enjoy our (comparatively) warm day and try to get through tomorrow and the frigid weekend.

If it helps, we should only have about three or four months of this left.



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