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“Bomb Cyclone” will hit the west coast this weekend


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A series of potent storms is poised to deliver torrents of rain and feet of snow across the West over the next few days, including one on Sunday that's being called a "bomb cyclone" because of its ferocity.

Supercharged by a classic atmospheric river pattern, the storms could lead to flash floods and dangerous debris flows in a wide swath of the region already devastated by wildfires, CNNsaid.

Still, despite the danger, the rain and snow will be welcome across drought-plagued areas of the West. As of Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 92% of the western U.S. is in some level of drought. The rain will help stop smoldering wildfires and could ease water restrictions on farmers. 

Meteorologists define a bomb cyclone as a rapidly strengthening storm with central pressure that plummets by 24 millibars or more within 24 hours, AccuWeather said. The process is known as bombogenesis.

A millibar is a measure of pressure. The lower the pressure, the more powerful the storm.

The cyclone will rival, in some aspects, the intensity of strong hurricanes from the Atlantic this season. For example, the bomb cyclone could be at the intensity level of Hurricane Larry, a long-lived and intense cyclone that churned across the Atlantic in early September, according to AccuWeather.

source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/6119183001

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8 minutes ago, Togekiss said:

Yup. In Portland and awaiting the downpour. I hope we get some thunder!

Seattle is gonna see minimal change in our weather. Just gonna drizzle all week as usual.

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