What is a 'bomb cyclone?' Monster storm moves up the East Coast


A drop in pressure in a system equals strengthening of the system.

All day Thursday meteorologists are going to be glued to the new GOES-East satellite watching a truly wonderful extratopical "bomb" cyclone off New England coast.

M eteorologists say that the storm is experiencing "bombogenesis", meaning rapid atmospheric pressure has fallen below 24 millibars in less than 24 hours. Down south, Georgia will get a dose of freezing rain, sleet, and snow and there have even been reports of snow in Florida.

The National Weather Service has already posted a winter storm up the coast of Florida.

According to the Weather Channel, the NWS in Tallahasse had to issue a winter storm warning for the first time in four years.

Tallahassee wasn't the only Florida community to be impacted by the winter storm. He's forecasting a colder than normal winter for much of the U.S.

All three deaths occurred in North Carolina from the "bomb cyclone" of snow and wind, including two men who died Wednesday night when their pickup truck slid off a bridge and landed upside down in a creek, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday at a press conference.

Public schools in New York City have also been closed for Thursday. Five to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall with sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles mph, and gusts up to 50 mph. The satellite, which now is officially called GOES-East, is giving weather forecasters "invaluable data" about extreme weather events, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said last month.

Due to weather conditions, some airlines are allowing passengers to rebook flights without paying a cancellation fee -including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and United Airlines as near-blizzard conditions are expected to blast through the eastern United States.

Expect another Environment Canada extreme cold warning in the next day or two, with frigid air descending from the Arctic on Friday and into the weekend that could see daytime readings reach a risky low of -35 C when the wind chill is factored in.