Probably the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think of “bomb cyclone” is that it’s something that just came out of a blockbuster movie, but a bomb cyclone has more sinister implications than what most people think.

If you’ve probably heard of it, it’s something that most weather forecasters have been using in different channels. This term has been shrouded in controversy for quite a long time. Since it has a catchy name, several media outlets have sensationalized such as weather phenomenon.

Most of the time, when people think of the word bomb, it usually refers to several contexts. If you think of bombs when it comes to food, it means that it tastes good, but when it comes to something like cyclones and storms, that’s a whole other discussion.

Since something like bomb cyclones might have some extreme connotations, it’s probably something serious, right? Well, that’s not the case.

But contrary to what most individuals think, it doesn’t necessarily refer to the storm itself. Instead, this usually means that weather is unfolding – and in a rather explosive way. In a more scientific sense, this is called cyclogenesis, which is common than what most people think.

Usually, this type of bombing isn’t necessarily “explosive” in a ballistic sense. But what is a bomb cyclone? How did they come up with such a name for a weather condition? Here’s what you’ll need to know.

Is It a Big Deal?

Before we know if this is a big deal, we have to first look into some terms that most weather stations use that might seem like “big words,” but they’re relatively simple to understand, especially in a physical sense.

  • Low-pressure system – First and foremost, we have to discuss what a low-pressure system is because we hear this in weather stations all the time. Typically, a lot of storms will form off the coast. That is usually the region where the atmospheric pressure at the sea level is lower than most of what’s around the vicinity. While winds converge around the area, the earth’s rotations will form a hurricane at the center of the region. Just think of it like you’re stirring a cup of coffee, you’ll see a bit of whirl on the top of it as if it were cyclones.
  • Millibar – A millibar is usually a standard of measurement used to determine the pressure of the atmosphere. The meteorological community that generally those that use this term. Just like in physics, where we have constants in terms of gravity and boiling points for specific elements, the standard surface pressure of our planet is around 1013 millibars. The lower the pressure for each cyclone or hurricane, the more instance the storm is going to be.

Usually, an intense hurricane will be determined by wind speed, but for many meteorologists, they use millibars to assess the intensity of the storm. That is how most weather experts can predict what happens. Experts would say that intense hurricanes are around 900s. Although it might seem like a small drop in pressure, this can snowball off to something harsh.

So in a way, the term “explosive” doesn’t necessarily mean that the storm will be devastating. That will usually be determined by the intensity of the winds and other factors. Still, it’s essential to know that storms can always be quite devastating, especially when winter is fast approaching.

Since we’re discussing devastating weather conditions, it’s only appropriate that we would like some focus on more pressing matters affecting most of the country. With wildfires raging across the west coast, it’s only suitable that we know how weather conditions can affect these wildfires and a fire tornado. That will help keep us and our home in safe conditions as we can prepare for different types of calamities.

Now that we’ve turned your brain to mush by bombarding you with all of this information, the bottom line here is that you won’t need to panic when you hear some weatherman (or woman) say that there’s a bomb cyclone that’s coming. So instead of raiding your nearby convenience store, the best thing that you can do is make renovations that can strengthen your home’s foundations and roofing system.

Fortunately, most homes on the east coast are already sturdy enough to take high winds and strong hurricanes. Still, it never hurts to hold down your home when things do get a bit rough. Most experts would suggest closing down all entryways to your home since this can lead to high pressure inside your house, which can blow off your roof and damage much of your structural integrity.

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