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Bombogenesis: Unique title for winter storm, hurricane of snow hitting the U.S.

Bombogenesis is the new and unique title for a winter storm — not unlike a hurricane of snow — although most in the U.S. public are still trying to adjust to the weather term, polar vortex. While the cold weather and dangerous storms these past months have stirred up a lot of snow and ice, so too has the discussion of the recent polar vortex — and now bombogenesis — swirled among people here in the nation. While the word is indeed a mouthful, experts say that it is simply a new name for a particular winter storm certain regions in the country may experience, the Inquisitr shares this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Winter Storm warning, called bombogenesis
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While bombogenesis sounds like some very complex scientific term, it is in fact little more than a big word for a natural phenomenon, assures weather officials. The new name was dubbed by some meteorologists recently to describe a particular area with low pressure than in turn can create a powerful storm, one that can form over land or ocean, and often intensifies as it travels. In other worlds, it can be a considered a frozen hurricane found mostly in cold northern regions.

This particular weather event appears when cold air collides with much warmer air, while a National Weather Service forecaster offers some more specific information on the name bombogenesis and its meaning:

“Genesis refers to the generating (of the storm), while bomb means it’s an explosive growth.”

Since the term polar vortex and its frequent mention in recent weeks has been the brunt of quite a few jokes this 2014, bombogenesis looks like the new weather word to beat. This strong winter storm is said to possibly cause “super winds, a lot of precipitation including snow, hail, and sleet, and can form extremely suddenly, hence the nickname.” As an extratropical surface cyclone, it is essentially a cold cyclone of the North with snow, wind, and bitter cold.

“According to a number of meteorologists, bombogenesis is happening now in certain locales and may continue at certain times this week … All the circulation of the term and talk of the new weather is currently occurring because of bombogenesis expected to start today. The National Weather Service says we can expect unique “moderate to locally heavy snow from the central Appalachians to southern New England, including all of the Mid-Atlantic region.”

So be sure to show off bombogenesis as part of your new vocabulary when talking about the weather with both friends and family this week. It will no doubt impress them!

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