The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration has labeled the storm ravaging the US East Coast a bomb cyclone. They are also using the term bombogenesis to describe the storm that first flooded much of Boston and now is turning that water to ice. It was the worse blizzard flooding in Boston in about 40 years.
Other areas of the East Coast saw anywhere from several inches of snow in the southeast to over a foot further north. In some areas, the snow was so deep and wet that even the snow plows found it difficult to just most.
(News 18) – A giant winter “bomb cyclone” walloped the US East Coast on Thursday with freezing cold and heavy snow, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and widespread school closures — and even prompting the US Senate to cancel votes for the rest of the week.
Millions of Americans faced potential power outages in bitterly cold sub-freezing temperatures, with some 45,000 people in Virginia and thousands more in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida already affected.
Relief in the form of warmer temperatures was not expected until next week, according to the National Weather Service, and the snow was expected to only taper off by late Friday as the storm moves northeastward into Canada.
Florida — the “Sunshine State” better known for palm trees, beaches and balmy weather — saw its first snow in nearly three decades in northern parts of the state.
In Florida, it was so cold that iguana lizard in the trees were freezing and falling out of the trees. Many areas from Florida to Maine have declared states of emergency and hundreds of flights have been cancelled. People are being told that if possible, they should stay home and not venture out, not only because of travel dangers, but the extreme cold can result in frostbite and other health concerns in a short period of time.