Have 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.
Frozen floodwaters form street of solid ice near Boston https://t.co/jt4yTNl3Mk #BombCyclone https://t.co/Iz4UItsz18— USA TODAY Video (@USA TODAY Video)1515168464.0
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.
The morning after yesterday's peak, the extreme #bombcyclone and its influence in the atmosphere downstream to… https://t.co/528sPfknVd— Stu Ostro (@Stu Ostro)1515165455.0
Alright, I'll level with you here. No idea what the heck cyclogenesis is.
Point is, the bomb cyclone hit the Eastern front with all the power of – well – a bomb cyclone.
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.
Grayson has actually been causing fatal blood clots. Yes, you heard that right, blood clots.Newsweek explains,
When you are exposed to the cold air... your body attempts to protect the core, which explains why your hands and feet get cold first. Your body also begins shifting where it allocates fluids, which causes you to produce urine and explains why standing in the cold causes the urge to pee. This will also make you slightly dehydrated, said Tipton. Your blood will essentially thicken in the cold, making blood clots more likely, especially for older people who are prone to the condition.As an antidote, wear warm clothes, stay inside where it's warm, and maybe pull out that bottle of whiskey you've been saving for a special occasion. It's a blizzard out there.
If deadly cardiac side-effects weren't enough, Grayson is also coming for your electronics.That's right, your precious cellphone is under threat. Why? Because the darn thing won't turn on. People on social media are reporting that it's so cold, their precious iPhones are failing to boot. The horror.
Cellphones aren't the only piece of tech affected by the bomb cyclone, 'Ol Betsey is at risk too.
The cars are frozen https://t.co/FljVRa6Tmp https://t.co/6dCOza9W8A— Jalopnik (@Jalopnik)1515166631.0
You know what else the snow is affecting? The wildlife. To be specific, sharks.
Frozen sharks wash up on Cape Cod beaches as winter storm hits US East Coast https://t.co/PxuAxVbXxL https://t.co/pgcYdELgug— Michele E.A. Roofe (@Michele E.A. Roofe)1515171344.0
Sharks aren't the only cold-blooded creatures falling victim to the cold, iguanas also aren't thriving either.
It's so cold in Florida, frozen iguanas are falling off trees. (Don't worry, they're still alive.)… https://t.co/DI14ddrql7— WWL-TV (@WWL-TV)1515162779.0
Burmese pythons, those dreaded exotic invaders, are also suffering the ill effects of the cold.
So cold you can walk outside and find snakes frozen to the ground. https://t.co/4EWEoSJgfy— Eleanor Bristoll Zernial (@Eleanor Bristoll Zernial)1514996763.0
The cold snap is bad for reptiles all around, because the sea turtle is also in the mix.
There's people out there that still believe Global Warming is a myth meanwhile sea turtles are cold-stunned, iguana… https://t.co/vxRMdSet4c— Jenna Cook (@Jenna Cook)1515113135.0
Heartbreakingly, our pets are also suffering the effects of the cyclone.Multiple reports of outside pets being found frozen solid have dominated the media. Dogs, especially, but also cats and horses too. If you love your pet, keep her inside during this brutal winter snap.
Another victim of Storm Grayson is a rarer, more delicate sort – East Coast celebrities.New York Post reports:
The weekend of parties leading up to Sunday’s [Golden Globes] awards ceremony kicks off Thursday with W Magazine’s annual bash at the Chateau Marmont, where guests are expected to include Jennifer Lawrence, “Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot, Mary J. Blige, Salma Hayek and others. But the guest list could dwindle if snowbound New York VIPs can’t make it.However will we cope?!!
The bomb cyclone is not all bad news, however.Some people are living their best life ever.
North Philly starting they bullshit already ??♂️ pic.twitter.com/tnZHsrX0ZB— ↙ Himひ (@WitYaBitch247) January 4, 2018