A 'bomb cyclone' winter storm is coming to the East Coast and people are freaking out
I'm from northern Minnesota, not too far from Canada, and whenever I go home for Christmas, the temperature hits negative thirty degrees below (Fahrenheit). So, normally, whenever I hear people on the East Coast or West Coast complain that it's too cold, I roll my eyes. Especially in Los Angeles. (Come on, guys. Sixty degrees isn't cold.)
However, since New Year's Eve, the East Coast has been struck with horribly cold weather, and even Minnesotans can't roll their eyes anymore. So much for a happy 2018! This is one of the coldest snaps the country has ever seen, and the effects are unbelievable. Niagara Falls looks stunning frozen, but the blizzards have wreaked havoc on the roads. Outside Buffalo, New York, one Twitter user recorded a video of a one hundred car pile-up.
In Baltimore, one man described the road conditions as "drivable but tricky." In the photos, vehicles are "caked in ice," like they were attacked by Elsa from Frozen. (How much would it suck to scrape this off?)
The winter storms are also taking their toll on nature. People have shared photos of waves freezing in mid-place.
And if you think that's striking, look what happens when the Great Lakes freeze: The water turns into unusual formations called "ice balls." That's when ice sheets break apart, and the waves sculpt the chunks into rounder shapes. As one Twitter user described them, they are "superweird and beautiful." It kind of looks like a bunch of Twitter eggs.
Unfortunately, it's not all glistening beauty. Some animals are just as unprepared for the inclement weather as humans. In Massachusetts, frozen thresher sharks have washed up on shore, too cold for scientists to even dissect. And in Wyoming, several elk fell through the ice, with no hope of escape until some volunteers banded together. (Thankfully, the crew saved all thirteen of them.)
According to The Weather Channel, half the country woke up to sub-zero temperatures. You know it's getting crazy when Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Florida are reporting colder weather than Alaska. (And I didn't think Florida could get any crazier.)
But believe it or not, it's about to get worse. A monster of a winter storm called a 'bomb cyclone' is headed towards the East Coast. It might sound cool, but it's actually pretty scary. Every state from Maine to Florida - a 1,500 mile stretch - has severe weather alerts. Some parts of the Northeast will even be colder than Mars.
But what is a 'bomb cyclone'? The Washington Post describes it as a kind of winter hurricane:
"First, a very large and powerful storm will hammer coastal locations from Georgia to Maine with ice and snow. By Thursday, the exploding storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow.
Forecasters are expecting the storm to become a so-called “bomb cyclone” because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening. The storm could rank as the most intense over the waters east of New England in decades at this time of year."
Pretty scary, huh? It seems Ragnarok is finally upon us. You can understand why everyone is freaking out on Twitter (although some of the comments are pretty funny).
Anyway, if you live on the East Coast, stay safe and warm. I'll stick to rolling my eyes at everyone complaining about the sixty degree weather in Los Angeles. And while the storms might make travel impossible, who knows? You might find something fun to do in the cold, like make "snot-sicles."