Massachusetts: “Bombogenesis” could be heading our way early next week bringing lots of snow
The Super Bowl is this weekend, followed by National Football Hangover Day on Monday – but – you better hit that miraculous hangover cure because a bombogenesis approaches. Remember the “bombogenesis”? I remember people losing their mind over the term a couple years ago. People didn’t really enjoy hearing about it’s cousin either, “Bomb Cyclone”?
What is a “Bombogenesis”?
Oh hey, glad you asked. According to the US Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a bombogenesis occurs “when a midlatitude (the latitudes between the tropics and polar regions) cyclone rapidly intensifies, or strengthens, over a 24 hour period. This intensification is represented by a drop in millibars, a measurement of pressure used in meteorology.” Ahhh, now it’s clear (I’m just kidding). Basically, imagine you’re in the middle of a big storm, like a really strong blizzard or hurricane. When a bombogenesis happens, it’s like the storm suddenly gets supercharged and starts growing really fast. This happens when the air pressure in the storm drops very quickly, making the storm stronger and more intense. The result? Well, if it happens during a significant snow storm, you get a period of a ton of snow falling quickly. And that’s what we’re looking at the possibility of.
When could we see this bombogenesis and what area of Massachusetts is most at risk?
Meteorologists are a bit perplexed on the severity of the storm and the possible bombogenesis but they expect it to happen sometime between Monday night and the commute Tuesday morning. Currently it’s looking like the higher your elevation, the higher the risk so inland may see more snow while the coast could see more rain. Coastal flooding will also be a concern given the high astronomical tides and potentially strong winds. Obviously weather forecasts can change in an instant so stay up to date, have that shovel handy just in case, and realize that exercise is a great way to get over a hangover so…. go us. Enjoy the Super Bowl and I’ll leave you with a question from my good friend Pebbles, “Do YOU exhibit Masshole snowstorm behavior??” (see below.)