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Coming home to a "bomb cyclone"

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:47 am    Post subject: Coming home to a "bomb cyclone" Reply with quote

Only two days ago, I was having lunch with my sister and brother-in-law on the terrace of one of the top ten restaurants in Las Vegas. Last night I came home to a garden covered with snow, no hot water (pipes had frozen) and the threat of a blizzard coming tomorrow. I mean later today. Pale sigh

Winter storm slams Southeast, forecast to explode as 'bomb cyclone' in Northeast
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A snowstorm is tearing through the Southeast today before it barrels north overnight, bringing heavy snow and strong winds.

Snow already fell today in Tallahassee, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, and now the wintry mix is now blowing through South Carolina.

The major coastal storm has brought the most snow to Tallahassee and Savannah since 1989.

"It's pretty wild," one visitor from Washington, D.C., told ABC affiliate WCIV in Charleston. "I’ve never seen palm trees with snow on them before.”

Winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and blizzard warnings are in effect for the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine as the major coastal storm bears down today into Thursday.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for coastal locations from North Carolina to Maine, including Norfolk, Virginia, the New Jersey shore, Long Island and Boston.

The snow is expected to be heavy Thursday in New England and classes at Boston Public Schools have been canceled for the day.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:51 am    Post subject: Fountains freeze over... Reply with quote

Fountains freeze over across the South as powerful storm moves through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

As a snowy winter storm tears through the Southeast today, ice has already formed on fountains in some southern cities, including New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston and Charlotte.

Parts of 15 states will see effects from this developing coastal storm. Winter storm watches, warnings and advisories have been issued from Florida to Maine.

Snow, sleet, ice and rain blew through Tallahassee, Florida, this morning. It was warmer in Juneau, Alaska, than it was in Tallahassee. The Florida State University campus in Tallahassee and public schools in Tallahassee are closed today.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:56 am    Post subject: 'Bomb cyclone' Reply with quote

'Bomb cyclone': How the East Coast winter storm could turn into a monster

When the powerful winter storm that's moving through the Southeast coast reaches the Northeast on Thursday, it will undergo a rapid intensification or bombogenesis, a term coined by meteorologists.

Bombogenesis -- or a "bomb cyclone" -- occurs when the pressure of a storm drops 24 millibars in 24 hours, or at the rate of 1 millibar per hour. (A millibar is a measure of atmospheric pressure inside a storm, telling meteorologists how strong or weak the storm system is).

It usually happens when a storm system moves over the warm waters of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream at the same time that arctic air moves in from behind. The Northeast coast of the United States experiences this at least once a year.

The difference between the two air masses helps to strengthen the storm system, creating what's known as bombogenesis.

As a storm system moves over the Gulf Stream off the East Coast, it picks up all the available moisture and dumps it in the form of snow if there is enough cold air in place.

The lower the storm's pressure, the stronger the winds are around the storm. This week's strong winds could wreak havoc, bringing major power outages and coastal flooding for Northeast coastal cities.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:01 am    Post subject: Eight newborn puppies found frozen to death Reply with quote

Eight newborn puppies found frozen to death in brutally cold weather Crying or Very sad
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A litter of newborn puppies died from prolonged exposure to the frigid outdoor temperatures in Knox County, Illinois, just one day after Christmas, according to WQAD.

The black lab mix's owner had apparently been keeping her outside in below-freezing temperatures and didn't even realize she was pregnant until she gave birth on Dec. 26.

After noticing the litter of puppies, the dog's owner called the Knox County Humane Society for assistance.

Sadly, eight of the pups froze to death before rescuers were able to transport them back to the shelter, and only one from the litter survived.

"I think it was just one of those unfortunate things where the dog just lived there and was just fed daily, and that was about it," said Curt Kramer, who works for the Knox County Humane Society.

"It is sad when you lose animals like that... to know they probably would have been saved if they would have been inside or somewhere where it was warmer, rather than outside."

Kramer also told WQAD that the mother dog was on the brink of dying from exposure, too.

"Her body temperature was very low. It was below 95, and that's when you start worrying about hypothermia in a dog. Her skin was cold to the touch, her ears were cold to the touch," he said.

Both the mother dog and her surviving puppy were surrendered to the humane society, where they will be treated and eventually put up for adoption.

"They're both doing really well, and we'll see what happens," said Kramer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:06 am    Post subject: Calm Down, There’s No Impending ‘Winter Hurricane' Reply with quote

Calm Down, There’s No Impending ‘Winter Hurricane’
A meteorologist explains why this week’s winter storm is just a winter storm.
Tanya Basu

For those hoping 2018 would turn out to be a bit gentler on our frayed 2017 nerves, nature has a news blast: It won’t, at least climatologically.

What’s being called a rare “winter hurricane” is expected to batter the East Coast this first week of the new year, making the brutal cold freezing the country look like a springy fever dream: several inches of snow dumped amid howling winds reaching 55 mph and subzero temperatures.

However, while “winter hurricane” sounds like a Hollywood natural disaster blockbuster in the making, it’s not a true hurricane, according to James Kossin, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Center for Weather and Climate. “This is really just a problem of using the word ‘hurricane’ to describe something that’s not a hurricane,” Kossin, who specializes in studying hurricanes and climate change, said.

That’s right: According to Kossin, the frightening weather situation that’s going to ram into the Northeast and has thus far inspired headlines warning us to “brace for the apocalypse” and keep an eye out for a “bomb cyclone” are kind of the weather version of the boy crying wolf.

“This is what we would call a winter storm or an extra tropical storm,” Kossin said, waving off the hysteria during a phone call with The Daily Beast. “It just means we have hurricane-force winds.”

A hurricane is a specific weather phenomenon that requires a set of conditions: formation in the tropical region (they can form in higher latitudes but require tropical conditions that are rarely found further north), wind shear (the velocity of wind and its direction from the ground to the troposhere, about 40,000 feet above sea level in the tropics), and a drastic pressure drop.

This week’s storm, on the other hand, is just “a fairly classic winter storm,” Kossin said.

That might sound dismissive of the apocalyptic headlines about the frigid temperatures and howling winds set to menace East Coasters this week, but Kossin said it’s the reality. It’s a storm, winter storms by nature tend to be “events” and anomalous, and winter storms tend to be really cold and really nasty.

Kossin also said it’s hard to blame this storm on climate change. “It’s a single event so it’s hard to attribute it to climate change,” he said, though it’s most definitely ridiculously cold.

So why is this particular winter storm getting so much attention? It’s a perfect storm, according to Kossin. “The best way to think of it is that it requires a certain combination of factors coming together,” he said. “It’s going to become very strong very quickly. If the model is correct in the forecasts, the pressure will drop quite a lot and with pressure comes winds.”

Those fancy terms being tossed around, like “bomb cyclone”? Kossin said that technically, this storm is one. But there’s a whole range of possibilities that Kossin threw out that make bomb cyclone seem rather tame.

“Something that gets very strong very quickly can be called an explosive intensification,” he offered. “Mid-latitude storm is another one. A bomb is used for the types of extra-tropical storms that strengthen so explosively so quickly, like this one.”

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:26 am    Post subject: Hell freezing over Reply with quote

Shhesh who keeps their pets outside all the time in freezing weather? You have a pet and it is supposed to be part of the family or don’t have one at all.... Mad

Hell is indeed freezing over in the US maybe because the US has become hell to live in - and indeed survive in - since this megalomaniac idiot has become president?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:49 am    Post subject: It is tough, alright...OOPs off topic Reply with quote

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Wildflower and I are in the middle of a real blizzard.... winds roaring and visibility 500 feet. Also cold as all get out.... Darn that global warming.... Mad

Admin's Note: I'm moving the off-topic remarks on to the Politix forum, though the originals will remain here. But any further discussion on whether living in the US is hell or not should go to the other thread.
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