Somewhere beneath piles of snow is the city of Denver and the rest of the state of Colorado. A “bomb cyclone” is striking the Rockies and the central United States Wednesday, leaving some to wonder what the weird weather word means.
According to the National Weather Service, bombogenesis happens when a storm’s barometric pressure drops by 24 millibars in 24 hours. Dramatic pressure drops can cause all sorts of health issues for people, particularly those with migraines. But the main impact is that the lower the pressure drops the more powerful the storm is.
In the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” three massive storm systems stall over the northern hemisphere. They look like giant hurricanes, except, instead of dumping rain, they’re bringing fridgid air and snow down. That’s essentially what’s happing in Colorado. A bomb cyclone is basically a winter hurricane and given the pressure, it’s equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane, The Coloradoan reported.
The strong winds extend beyond Colorado, into Nebraska, New Mexico, the Texas Panhandle, South Dakota and Oklahoma. Some states are dealing with floods and rain, but the Centennial state is the only one getting an absurd amount of snow dumped on them.
Very strong winds are being generated this afternoon in response to the #BombCyclone. In some areas, these winds are occurring along with heavy snow – creating blizzard conditions. https://t.co/VyWINDk3xP pic.twitter.com/p74i5OZaOh
— NWS (@NWS) March 13, 2019
The result has been a complete shutdown of roads, not to mention whole cities. In a state known for loving the white fluff, residents are hunkered down in their homes.
You can see some of the most insane photos and videos below:
Horrible conditions in #CastlePines. Blowing snow, zero visibility and treacherous road conditions. 1-25 closed for 32 mile stretch from #Monument to Rige Gate Pkwy. #BOMBCYCLONE @DenverChannel #cowx pic.twitter.com/8JAzCmpjEq
— Tom Mustin (@TomMustin) March 13, 2019
— Justin Farmer (@JustinFarmerWSB) March 13, 2019
— Branching Out Coaching (@BranchingOut_) March 13, 2019
— planejane (@EarlOfGroan) March 13, 2019
— _mostly_sunshine (@__spoonbending) March 13, 2019
— Lara Conway (@goophygurl) March 13, 2019
— Judith Kohler (@JudithKohler) March 13, 2019
— South Metro Fire Rescue (@SouthMetroPIO) March 13, 2019
No #snowday for South Metro Firefighters during this #BombCyclone #blizzard2019 low visibility and roads becoming difficult to travel on. This is the view inside Engine 44, currently responding to power lines down near E-470 and Chambers. pic.twitter.com/S72xrpBDi5
— South Metro Fire Rescue (@SouthMetroPIO) March 13, 2019
Here's what we got at the office as of noon. Sustained 45mph with whiteout conditions. I-80 and I-25 closed. Few of us will likely be spending the night to ensure continuity of operations as the mid shift likely wont be able to make it in. #wywx #newx #cowx #BombCyclone #blizzard pic.twitter.com/cgiYuNorI2
— TwisterkidMedia (@TwisterKidMedia) March 13, 2019
BLIZZARD raging in Kimball, Nebraska with #BombCyclone intensifying to 970 mb in eastern CO! Power flickering now at Pizza Hut. Thunder snow reported across the High Plains. Worst still to come! @breakingweather @accuweather #blizzard pic.twitter.com/jEtTHV6Kkd
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) March 13, 2019
— Alisha🌿 (@SassyEconomist) March 13, 2019
Thankfully, there are still some folks outside having some fun:
— Aaron Weiss (@aweiss) March 13, 2019
Everyone in Denver: #bombcyclone AHH STAY IN KEEP YOUR PETS WARM!
This guy: pic.twitter.com/HO1cwoAjRU
— Lil’ Bath Fizz 🦄🛁 (@bbqkittenz) March 13, 2019
— Francie Swidler (@francieswidler) March 13, 2019
And finally, let’s give a word of thanks to the letter carriers, who still showed up to work today:
Braving #BombCyclone our letter carriers need your help keeping walks and mail box areas clear. Denver @CityofDenver letter carrier Luis Sanchez is one of many heros today! #postalproud pic.twitter.com/2RsyJpZ4m0
— USPS Colorado (@USPS_Colorado) March 13, 2019
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