ave you ever heard of thundersnow?
No, I didn't make it up – it's a real thing, promise. Thundersnow is when there's lightning and thunder during a snowstorm. It happened this week in New England. Scratch that. A LOT of things actually happened this week, all across the Eastern and central portion of the United States, because why?
Because thundersnow, that's why!
In case you've been living under a rock (or on the West Coast), a historic cold front hit the East Coast this week.
It was caused by a “bomb cyclone,” another weather-related word I had to look up because it didn’t seem real.
What is a bomb cyclone, you ask? Well, my dearest darling, pull up a chair and let me – well, Time – soothingly explain very complex weather phenomena.
According to Time, “a bomb cyclone, scientifically known as an explosive cyclogenesis, typically brews over the water where drops in barometric pressure can make it an extra forceful weather event.”
Alright, I'll level with you here. No idea what the heck cyclogenesis is.
I’m gonna guess that cyclo means to circle and genesis means to create, so cyclogenesis means to create cyclones?
Point is, the bomb cyclone hit the Eastern front with all the power of – well – a bomb cyclone.
Consequently, it gave the US the coldest weather it’s seen in 100 years, as well as a few very peculiar and tragic side effects.
The first horrific side effect of the winter weather were the deaths.
Winter Storm Grayson, which is what meteorologists are calling this chilly advent of nature’s fury, has killed 12 people thus far, and not for the reason you think.