After spending yesterday basking in the (relatively) nice weather, those in the Northeast are waking up this morning, March 2nd, to pounding rain, gusting wind, and frigid temperatures. And Bostonians battling the weather might be wondering: Does this most recent storm have the potential to become a bomb cyclone? Perhaps.
The Northeast just dealt with a bomb cyclone back in January when buckets of snow were dumped along the entire East Coast. Although it looks like snow *might* stay out of the picture this time around (fingers crossed), Bostonians and those in surrounding communities need to be acutely aware of potential massive flooding.
To jog your memory, a bomb cyclone is a low pressure system that has undergone “bombogenesis.” That’s when a system drops 24 millibars of atmospheric pressure in 24 hours, as CNN tells us. When a bomb cyclone moves in, the storm will intensify before petering out. In the Northeast, bomb cyclones go hand-in-hand with nor’easters.
That last bomb cyclone did a number on coastal communities with its severe high tides. We’ll be seeing more of that today and tonight with three to five foot storm surges during high tides and waves that could reach 30 ft. offshore, according to The Washington Post.
National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell said via The Boston Globe that winds could reach 80 mph in some areas. The Globe noted that coastal flood warnings have been issued for the entire Massachusetts coast and Cape and Islands. These warnings will stay in effect from 9 a.m ET Friday through 3 a.m. ET Saturday, March 3rd.
The heaviest rainfall is expected tonight, which unfortunately also coincides with high tide.
As with any nor’easter, especially one that could exceed the Blizzard of ’78’s 15-foot tides, it’s important to heed officials’ warnings. Evacuate flood zones, prepare for power outages, and literally, batten down the hatches.
And if you’re a true New Englander, you’ve already stocked up on all the bread and milk you can carry.
Stay up-to-date on the potential bomb cyclone and stay away from flood zones. We’ve been through this before and we can get through it again!