New 'Bomb Cyclone' To Send Temperatures Plummeting By 60 Degrees, Bringing Blizzards With It
By Eric Mack
The forecast high for today in Denver is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but by Wednesday evening the temperature is expected to plummet into the 20s and several inches of snow could fall. The storm system is also accompanied by very strong winds, which create the unusual circumstance of high fire danger closely followed by winter storm and blizzard watches.
The brunt of the powerful storm will be shouldered by the central portion of the US, however, which is still recovering from last month’s powerful “bomb cyclone” storm that led to major flooding in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.
“A major winter storm will produce blizzard conditions and very heavy snow accumulations in the Plains and Upper Midwest tonight through Thursday,” reads a forecast from the National Weather Service. “Heavy snow and strong winds will produce life-threatening travel conditions in parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest.”
The storm will also drop heavy snow in the northern stretches of the Rocky Mountains including Utah and Idaho today.
An intense surface low pressure area moving across the Central Plains Wednesday and Thursday will bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions. pic.twitter.com/LNSuuaa561
— NWS Aberdeen (@NWSAberdeen) April 9, 2019
“I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a blizzard of the magnitude which we are about to see – in the Midwest – in April,” meteorologist Jeff Berardelli wrote on Twitter.
That could surely come as a little difficult to hear for those in the path of the storm, given that the last storm to hit the region was among the most intense on record, according to Berardelli.
— Copernicus EU (@CopernicusEU) March 17, 2019
“It will be a more prolific snow producer and a more blinding blizzard than the bomb cyclone was,” he added.
It is also less than three weeks since the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a “potentially unprecedented flood season” with the worst of the impacts centered on the Midwest.
The term bomb cyclone is short for bombogenesis, and it basically refers to a very rapid deepening of a cyclonic low pressure area. Put even more simply, it creates conditions that are kind of like a category two hurricane forming over land.
So the inevitable question is whether climate change is causing these extreme storms. The answer, as always, is yes and no. Climate and weather are not the same thing, but warmer temperatures in the oceans and in the air do help set the table for these powerful, wet storms to form more frequently.
Put simply, these bomb cyclones are caused by a number of factors. And yes, one of them is our warming planet. So buckle up for a more extreme weather future and stay safe and warm this week.