Forecasters Expect Nor’easter Iola to Undergo ‘Bombogenesis’

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday afternoon captures a weather system making its way along the eastern seaboard towards coastal New England while expected to intensify into a Nor'Easter. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
This NOAA satellite image taken Friday afternoon captures a weather system making its way along the eastern seaboard towards coastal New England while expected to intensify into a Nor’Easter. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

As if news of a barreling nor’easter isn’t enough of a bitter blast, meteorologists are dropping a new bomb as part of this weekend’s forecast. It’s called “Bombogenesis.”

This ominously named meteorological phenomenon is the rapid pressure drop Winter Storm Iola is expected to undergo once hitting the East Coast late Friday night, Weather.com reported.

To be exact, it’s described as a central pressure drop of at least 24 millibars in 24 hours which often creates increased wind speeds, precipitation, heavy snowfall and potential blizzard conditions.

Senior meteorologist Stu Ostro explains that its name may make it sound extremely unusual but its process happens fairly often — and just as its name sounds, it is quite like a bomb.

“Bombs are so-named because of the rapidity with which they develop, which evokes explosiveness, and the power that they usually attain once they have gone through the intensification phase specified…” he wrote for their website.

One of the most recent occurences of bombogenesis was in 2013 during the nor’easter dubbed Winter Storm Nemo.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News | Nina Golgowski

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