Bomb Cyclone!

So the English language is a very insidious thing to learn because of double or even triple meanings of words and phrases. Take the word bark, the noun bark refers to the outer covering of a tree. The verb bark refers to the sound a dog makes. How about a bolt which is a type of metal fastener. The word bolt is also used for a single ray of lightning (a lightning bolt). Bolt is a verb meaning to run extremely fast. There are so many words with different meanings depending on how they’re used, season, buckle, squash, harbor, hatch, current, racket…we could go on all day. Take the phrase Look Out! For most of us if someone says that we’re ducking, but someone just learning English might well be gazing out a window in stead of seeking shelter or protection. We’ve had so many new phrases  thrust into our vocabs of late like Polar Vortex. That’s one we’ve been chewing on for the past several years and now a new one, at least for me! When it comes to weather, it’s hard to sound scarier than “bomb cyclone.” It’s a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm. But as fearsome as the storm is with high winds and some snow, it may not be quite as explosive as the term sounds. Meteorologists have used the term “bomb” for storms for decades, based on a strict definition. After it showed up in a Washington Post story in 2018, the weather geek term took on a life of its own on social media. The same thing happened in 2014 with “polar vortex,” another long-used weather term that was little known to the public until then. Indeed, the predicted minimum pressure of this storm, around 970 millibars to 975 millibars, is equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane. The storm’s massive wind field is but one of its many hazards. The storm will also generate heavy precipitation – both rain and snow – and severe thunderstorms depending on location. This is the storm moving over the middle of the country right now generating crazed weather from south to north.

Guess I’ll be heading to the nearest shelter! You comin’??



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