The Giant 'Bomb Cyclone' Blizzard Looks Menacing From Space
If you're anywhere near it, the so-called 'Bomb Cyclone' blizzard and its high winds and unforgiving snow are making for a bad time on the East Coast. Its buzzy name comes from a process called "bombogenesis," which basically means there's been an extreme drop in pressure, but whatever you call it, it's freezing and brutal and probably ruining your day.
If you think less from your own perspective, however, and look at it more broadly, aka from space, you'll see a different side of the storm. Yes, it's still absolutely terrifying, but in a slightly different way.
Here's a view of the storm from that perspective, courtesy NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites:
The Air Mass RGB product from @NOAA's #GOES16 satellite helps to diagnose the environment during deep cyclogenesis by enhancing temperature and moisture characteristics of air masses, as is the case this morning with the deepening storm off the US east coast. #blizzard pic.twitter.com/GIut3RVl8w— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) January 4, 2018
Wondering about the shape of the #blizzard? The powerful midlatitude #BombCyclone has several meso-vortices spinning within its center, #GOESEast ABI captured these images of the storm every minute today. #snowday See more #cool GOES imagery here: https://t.co/mbgRYot60A pic.twitter.com/Zzab51uurp— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 4, 2018
NOAA's #GOESEast captures #FloridaSnow in Tallahassee today and the first effects of the #BombCyclone forecast to impact the East Coast with severe cold and snow. #WinterIsHere. More #cool GOES imagery: https://t.co/mbgRYot60A pic.twitter.com/VM2RNUaopD— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 3, 2018
You decide whether it's more terrifying from space or from the ground. Either way, it's probably safer to never leave the house again.