"Bombogenesis." Did you run across this word last week? I heard that word on the radio and wanted to know
right away what it meant. Turns out it's a weather word.
Remember how the East Coast started January with the "polar vortex" while we basked in our freakishly warm weather? Well, after the polar vortex had gone away, in came "bombogenesis." According to AccuWeather.com -- a website that I really like -- "bombogenesis" describes a storm that usually forms over water. Cold and warm air clash, causing the storm to intensify rapidly. In a bombogenesis the atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm must drop 24 millibars in 24 hours. Drops like a bomb. Weather experts also call this kind of storm an "extratropical surface cyclone."
But back to this nifty new word.