Snowstorm that hits states like NY and NJ is a “bombogenesis”, we explain why

Winter storm effects in Stony Brook, New York.

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The winter storm that hits several states in the northeastern United States such as New York and New Jersey has been classified by meteorologists as “bombogenesis” due to the way in which it intensifies so quickly.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA) it is a phenomenon of rapid intensification that occurs when 24 millibars of pressure drop during 24 hours.

Millibars are the units of atmospheric pressure.

Bombogenesis usually occurs when a cold air mass collides with a warm air masssimilar to air over warm ocean waters.

The former in turn can accelerate wind speeds and bring dangerous storm conditions.

Terry Eliasen, meteorologist for CBS, adds that the event is reported a few times a year. The last time a bombogenesis storm was recorded was on October 27.

since yesterday morning, northeastern states experience snowfall due to the system that could leave up to 28 inches of snow in cities like Boston, Massachusetts.

At least in that state a winter storm warning remains active until dawn.

In the case of New York, the winter storm warning continues until tonight (7 pm). By 7 am this Saturday they were already reporting more than five inches of snow in the city’s five boroughs.

“Across the Jersey Shore and Long Island (we’re seeing) double-digit numbers in those areas. As you get closer to the city, they start to go down, but we are starting to see amounts that are closer to six inches,” Dominic Ramunni, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told Gothamist this morning.

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