‘Bomb cyclone’ path tracker LIVE – 600,000 without power in Massachusetts as nor'easter brings 'hurricane-force' winds

‘Bomb cyclone’ path tracker LIVE – 600,000 without power in Massachusetts as nor'easter brings 'hurricane-force' winds

WHIPPING winds and heavy rains have left parts of the northeast without power as the latest "bomb cyclone" pounds the region.

The nor'easter is expected to continue through Wednesday night.

Parts of New England, including Long Island, New York, remain under a weather advisory.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 40,000 people in New York, Connecticut, and Maine remain without power.

This is a different storm from the bomb cyclone that hit the West Coast earlier this week, causing record-breaking rainfall but also a revival of Yosemite Falls.

Read our bomb cyclone live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHAT IS A NOR'EASTER?

    A nor'easter is a storm that forms along North America's East Coast. Nor'easters get their name from the direction in which the strongest winds blow over the northeastern states, including New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

    Nor'easters begin to form within 100 miles of the coast that stretches between New Jersey and Georgia.

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHAT IS A BOMB CYCLONE?, CONTINUED

    The official term is explosive cyclogenesis, or bombogenesis which is very common.

    The so-called bombing occurs when a low-pressure system’s central pressure drops at least 24 millibars — A millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours or less.

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHAT IS A BOMB CYCLONE?

    The term does not refer to the storm itself. 

    Rather a bomb cyclone refers to a phenomenon expected to occur as this weather event unfolds. 

  • Caitlin Hornik

    STORM'S SILVER LINING

    According to Accuweather's Bill Wadell, some people are happy to see the early-season precipitation as it can keep away forest fires.

    Alicen Navarro of South Lake Tahoe told Accuweather: "I'm really glad to see it after the wildfire season we had and living in the fear of wildland fire all summer.

    "That's every year, but this year felt extremely intense.

    "So this extreme weather after that is good to see."

  • Caitlin Hornik

    ATMOSPHERE RIVERS, CONTINUED

    The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration says: “Although atmospheric rivers come in many shapes and sizes, those that contain the largest amounts of water vapor and the strongest winds can create extreme rainfall and floods, often by stalling over watersheds vulnerable to flooding.

    “These events can disrupt travel, induce mudslides and cause catastrophic damage to life and property.”

  • Caitlin Hornik

    WHAT ARE ATMOSPHERE RIVERS?

    Per the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, atmospheric rivers are “are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics.

    “These columns of vapor move with the weather, carrying an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River. When the atmospheric rivers make landfall, they often release this water vapor in the form of rain or snow.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    FALLS 'ROAR BACK TO LIFE'

    "Yosemite Falls roars back to life! #CAwx" someone shared on Twitter alongside video of a resurrected Yosemite Falls.

  • Danielle Cinone

    BOMB CYCLONE RESURRECTED YOSEMITE FALLS

    The powerful storm that slammed the West Coast may have led to the rebirth of Yosemite Falls in California.

    “Before a ‘bomb cyclone’ slammed into the state Sunday, dropping nearly a foot of rain in some parts of a region strained by a climate change-fueled megadrought, the 2,425-foot falls had all but vanished, as often happens by late summer or fall,” NBC News reported.

    But after more than six inches of rain fell in the area in 36 hours, the falls made an epic comeback.

  • Danielle Cinone

    'OUT OF CONTROL' WIND

    Footage shared to Twitter shows a truck tipping over in the wind on Richmond Bridge in California.

  • Danielle Cinone

    HIGH SURF REMAINS

    KTBS News reported: "The Ocean Beach Pier is still closed because of the high surf from the remnant of the 'bomb cyclone' that hit San Diego on Monday.

    "Health officials are warning swimmers/surfers to stay out of the water because of increased bacteria levels from urban runoff."

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT IS A HURRICANE?

    Powerful storms arising in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific are called hurricanes.

    North of the equator they spin anticlockwise because of the rotation of the earth.

    They turn the opposite way in the southern hemisphere.

    Cyclones are like giant weather engines fuelled by water vapor as it evaporates from the sea.

    Warm, moist air rises from the surface, creating a low-pressure system that sucks in air from surrounding areas – which in turn is warmed by the ocean.

    As the vapor rises it cools and condenses into swirling bands of cumulonimbus storm clouds.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT IS A BOMB CYCLONE?

    The term does not refer to the storm itself. 

    Rather a bomb cyclone refers to a phenomenon expected to occur as this weather event unfolds. 

    The official term is explosive cyclogenesis, or bombogenesis which is very common.

    The so-called bombing occurs when a low-pressure system’s central pressure drops at least 24 millibars — A millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours or less.

  • Danielle Cinone

    TWO PEOPLE DEAD IN SEATTLE AREA

    Two people were killed when a tree fell on a car in the greater Seattle area due to the storm, USA Today reported.

    Thousands of homes and businesses also lost power as the bomb cyclone slammed through the region.

  • Danielle Cinone

    NAME CRITICIZED BY SOME WEATHER EXPERTS

    The term “bomb cyclone” was established in 1980 and has been criticized by some meteorologists for being “sensationalist,” The Independent reported.

    “Bombogenesis is the technical term. ‘Bomb cyclone’ is a shortened version of it, better for social media,” weather expert Ryan Maue told the outlet.

    “The actual impacts aren’t going to be a bomb at all. There’s nothing exploding or detonating.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    NOR'EASTER COULD BECOME BOMB CYCLONE

    AccuWeather on Twitter said the current nor'easter hitting the East Coast could become a bomb cyclone "in a matter of days."

  • Danielle Cinone

    THEY AREN’T CALLED ‘BOMB CYCLONES’ DUE TO IMPACT

    The term “bomb cyclone” was established in 1980 and has been criticized by some meteorologists for being “sensationalist,” The Independent reported.

    “Bombogenesis is the technical term. ‘Bomb cyclone’ is a shortened version of it, better for social media,” weather expert Ryan Maue told the outlet.

    “The actual impacts aren’t going to be a bomb at all. There’s nothing exploding or detonating.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    STORM'S SILVER LINING

    According to Accuweather's Bill Wadell, some people are happy to see the early-season precipitation as it can keep away forest fires.

    Alicen Navarro of South Lake Tahoe told Accuweather: "I'm really glad to see it after the wildfire season we had and living in the fear of wildland fire all summer.

    "That's every year, but this year felt extremely intense.

    "So this extreme weather after that is good to see."

  • Danielle Cinone

    HISTORIC SNOWFALL

    Mount Rose ski resort in Reno, Nevada recorded 42 inches of snow during the storm.

    Serene Lakes, California saw 28 inches of snow.

  • Danielle Cinone

    'NEVER SEEN THESE TREES MOVE THAT MUCH'

    A Twitter user shared what they claimed to be a video of trees violently shaking as a result of the bomb cyclone storm in the Seattle area.

  • Danielle Cinone

    ATMOSPHERE RIVERS, CONTINUED

    The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration says: “Although atmospheric rivers come in many shapes and sizes, those that contain the largest amounts of water vapor and the strongest winds can create extreme rainfall and floods, often by stalling over watersheds vulnerable to flooding.

    “These events can disrupt travel, induce mudslides and cause catastrophic damage to life and property.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT ARE ATMOSPHERE RIVERS?

    Per the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, atmospheric rivers are “are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics.

    “These columns of vapor move with the weather, carrying an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River. When the atmospheric rivers make landfall, they often release this water vapor in the form of rain or snow.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    MAJOR TROPICAL STORMS OF THE LAST 20 YEARS, CONTINUED

    • Hurricane Sandy (2012)
    • Hurricane Maria (2017)
    • Hurricane Dorian (2019)
    • Hurricane Zeta (2020)
    • Tropical Storm Eta (2020)
    • Tropical storms Amanda and Cristobal (2020)
    • Tropical Storm Claudette (2021)
    • Tropical Storm Henri (2021)

    MAJOR TROPICAL STORMS OF THE LAST 20 YEARS

    Some of the major storms and hurricanes since 2000 include:

    • Tropical Storm Allison (2001)
    • Hurricane Isabel (2003)
    • Hurricane Charlie (2004)
    • Hurricane Jeanne (2004)
    • Hurricane Dennis (2005)
    • Hurricane Katrina (2005)
    • Hurricane Rita (2005)
    • Hurricane Ike (2008)

    FALLS 'ROAR BACK TO LIFE'

    "Yosemite Falls roars back to life! #CAwx" someone shared on Twitter alongside video of a resurrected Yosemite Falls.

    'VERY RARE' RAINFALL

    Weather historian Christopher Burt said: "It is very rare that it ever rains for more than six consecutive hours around here."

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