You might hear the term “snow bomb” in our newscast or one of the national newscasts this evening. Bomb refers to bombogenesis. It’s when a mid-latitude cyclone drops in surface pressure by 24 or more millibars in a 24-hour period. Many Nor’easters are produced by “bomb” cyclones. Needless to say, this is a rapid deepening of a storm. It’s the kind of storm forecasters sometimes can’t keep up with, the snow literally piles up too fast for forecast adjustments.
This snow bomb is dumping snow all over the Northeast and New England. So far, it looks like Connecticut has been hit with the most snow. New Fairfield, CT reported 28″ of snow so far, and Newtown 27″. By the way, those are some pretty old towns to have the word new in them.
Winter Storm Warnings are still in effect for much of Eastern New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The National Weather Service is now putting their snowfall reports on google maps. It think it’s a great idea and a very easy way to look over the reports. Here’s a link from this storm: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/hydromet/erEventDisplay.php
And here’s a picture of a random truck in a random ice storm. I thought it was a pretty neat picture.