After a miserable stretch of snow and freezing temperatures, no one will be pleased to hear what comes next on the East Coast. It's not the sun. It's more crap weather.
Forecasters are predicting a massive storm will bring sleet and snow from Florida to Maine. It started early on Wednesday with freezing rain and icy conditions in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. By Thursday, the storm will "resemble a winter hurricane" says The Washington Post. When the storm reaches New England, it will carry hurricane-strength winds in addition to armfuls of snow.
Meteorologists are calling the storm a "bomb cyclone." No, that's not the technical term for Geostorm's box office. It's so named because the storm will undergo what meteorologists call "bombogenesis," which is an intense and quick drop in atmospheric pressure. The pressure must drop at least 24 millibars in 24 hours for it to be considered bombogenesis. This kind of drastic pressure drop usually signals the rise of an intense storm.
This storm, which is being called Winter Storm Grayson, looks to be one of the most intense storms in decades for this area at this time of year. Though, the most intense parts of the storm are currently on track to stay over the Atlantic Ocean.
The storm will move all the way up the East Coast bringing advisories with it and intensifying as it moves northward. The NWS says the "worst conditions [are] expected along [the] immediate Eastern Seaboard from Carolinas to Maine."
The NWS in Boston noted its greatest concern is wind. "While specific snow amounts are uncertain, our biggest concern is the potential for damaging wind gusts especially near the southeast New England coast," the service wrote in a tweet. "Power outage risk followed by arctic air Fri/Sat a big concern!"
Snowfall projections range from one to three inches in the Carolinas to around seven inches in Boston, where winds could be strong enough to bring down branches.
However, as Andrew Freedman at Mashable points out, all of this depends on the track of the storm. "New York City is straddling the line between a heavy snowstorm and a moderate event," Freedman writes. "It would take another 50-mile shift westward in the storm track, which is entirely plausible at this point in the game, to put New York City in the crosshairs for heavy snow as well, and a 100-mile shift — which is also within the realm of possibility, would put inland areas in play, too."
As if that's not bad enough, the storm will be followed by extreme cold in the Northeast.
The strong winds will bring frigid arctic air southward. No, it's not fair. The cold could be record-setting for many cities in the Northeast starting Friday and running through the weekend, according to the The Washington Post. The temperatures are expected to be 20 to 40 degrees colder than average for this time of year.
The silver lining is that after the misery of the weekend, things should get warmer.
Yes, sometimes it seems like astronomers are just playing Mad Libs with the moon. The Super Blood Wolf Moon, as the event is being called by many, sounds like a deleted chapter title in a Harry Potter book. You don't have to say it if you don't want. It's a lunar eclipse and supermoon combination that will arrive this weekend. You can just say a total lunar eclipse.
You can see a total lunar eclipse at the same time as a supermoon the night of January 20 into January 21. The moon isn't going to turn you into a wolf or seep blood. It will, however, be large, beautiful, and hued red. A total lunar eclipse doesn't come along very often, and it's easy to see even under the bright lights of a city. So, it's absolutely worth the effort to get out and stare up at it for a while, but not because of blood magic or werewolves or other fantasy novel tropes. But simply because it's going to be stunning.
11 Cold-Weather Activities That Will Remind You Why Winter in Minnesota Is Actually the Best
Summer is easy to like. It’s got sunshine, water sports, and the built-in nostalgia of time off from school. But winter? That takes some more gumption to appreciate. While other parts of the country are either freaking out over a light snowfall or counting down the days ’til spring, living in Minnesota -- where temps are regularly below freezing and the average annual snowfall is more than 70 inches up north -- means you learn to relish the freezing weather rather than hide from it. With the right mindset, winter is secretly the best time of the year, with plenty of cold-weather activities in the Twin Cities and around the state to keep you active and engaged with your fellow Minnesotans. From dog sledding to ice sculptures to a truly epic foraged tasting menu, we have a little bit of everything here to help you brighten up the coldest months.
You know what an eclipse is. At least, you had a good feel for it at one point. Maybe back in middle school? Let's see. There's a lunar eclipse, solar eclipse, and total eclipse of the heart. That's all of them. Right?