“Bomb Cyclone” To Hit East Coast This Week

The Washington Post reports:

Unforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days. But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week.

First, a monster 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.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    So, a Nor’easter then.

    • Matt G, Rochester

      When I was growing up, a Nor’Easter was something like this that formed over land, like Quebec, Nova Scotia, or Greenland. This appears to be forming over the Atlantic in the Caribbean, much more like a Hurricane than a Nor’Easter.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposes a 16 percent cut for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a 32 percent cut to the weather and climate agency’s research office. Many of the agency’s programs are targeted for termination. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfed7d51df500add3e6e0e71588185439f46bd51b188b3e14eecf2d7f06201a4.jpg

    • Boreal

      Whew, at least we avoided those emails.

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        And what if she became Prez and was sometimes shrill? Oh the horrors. Although I do think Hillary would be capable of dressing herself without using Scotch tape.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Great now we get to hear all the genuines confuse weather and climate.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Oh I know. It’s maddening and the climate change science has predicted this exact sort of thing for many decades. But hey, the Oil & Gas industry have this country by the motherfucking balls and that won’t change until we’re all extinct. Not much longer, give it about 50 years.

    • Oof. That attitude was already too prevalent, and our Dotard-In-Chief made things worse.

    • MarkOH

      Ugh. already have had that discussion with a couple of knuckle draggers over on AOL. Finding some comments about global warming being a farce and isn’t this fun now to be proven that it’s wrong.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Did they not watch The Day After Tomorrow? I mean, come on, it was made into a movie so how can they argue with that? (half snark)

        • David Walker

          They were in the theater, yes, but they were texting, tweeting, receiving and making calls, and playing whatever is the equivalent of Angry Birds. Watching a movie? Who ever heard of such a thing?

    • lymis

      Odd that the East Coast will be experiencing this, given all the insane levels of hot air emanating from the White House.

      • olandp

        Definitely a contributing factor. Cold air meets hot air and boom!

    • JustDucky
      • JCF

        “Pack Leader, I iz not prop! I want off leash now!”

  • gaycuckhubby

    Savannah Georgia getting 8 to 9 inches of snow today? Charleston South Carolina up to a foot? The South will be shut down!

    • To be fair, Savannah isn’t a place that sees snow often. The last three times they got snow were 2014, 2010, and 1996.

      • gaycuckhubby

        And only an inch or so. Not 8 inches!
        No place below North Carolina is prepared to clear roads etc.

        • The problem we get here in Atlanta isn’t really snow, it’s ice. We get above freezing during the day, so there’s rain. Then it freezes overnight. Fortunately, not too often. And also fortunately, it’s been very dry with the cold we’ve had.

          I wonder if I can convince my wife to move to, say, Hawaii.

  • Now they’re *really* blue states (excepting Georgia and the Carolinas).

  • OdieDenCO

    this is how the Day after Tomorrow started. we are all going to die in a heap!

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      But Dennis Quaid will ride up in his all terrain vehicle and rescue you after taking shelter in a burger king…

      • OdieDenCO

        don’t think Quaid will be coming for me. I’m nowhere near as pretty as Gyllenhaal.

        • Juvela Bumblebee

          Who of us is? Maybe not even Mr. G… any more. Besides, it is the end of the world. Maybe Mr. Q. won’t be so picky.

      • Matt G, Rochester

        Wendy’s, actually. And I’d rather have Dash Mihok (Jason). Although I wouldn’t put Dennis out in the cold…

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]
    • Bluto

      This is best summary of current weather that I’ve seen.

    • Acronym Jim

      “Pet me, you must. The Force, it demands so.”

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        Judges? Belly tickles would also be an acceptable answer.

        • JCF

          Or Snausages!

    • Rambie

      Come on SkokieGuy. It’s still cold-as-F*** but at least it’s a bit warmer in Chicago land area today.

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        You ain’t heard, us mid-westerners are tough. I have yet to zip up my coat and no gloves, no hat.

        • David Walker

          OK, but at some point “tough” becomes “silly.”

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            I do have a remote starter on the car. And yes, if I were outside shoveling snow for any length of time would do the gloves & scarf thing.

            And you say silly like its a bad thing?

          • David Walker

            Not quite. On the verge, maybe. Hell, I’m an old fuck…you’d think people would know that the world would be a better place if they’d just listen to me. Now go shovel my sidewalk. (You know I’m trying to make a joke, right? Please?)

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            As we get old, odd, silly or weird becomes eccentric, which is a much classier way of saying the same thing.

        • Rambie

          I can’t take the cold like I used to but I do remember those days

        • David Walker

          Also, while I was out on a buyer’s binge yesterday, I noticed a few of the Truly Butch wearing shorts. Yeah. I was impressed.

          • Jwmvh

            LOL. I know what you mean.

        • Duh-David

          When we were children we used to go out to play in this weather and forget enough layers. Miss Marie (now 97 and still driving) taught us, “If you can see your breath, then you need a coat and hat.” My friends laugh at me now, when I leave the building and go, “Haaaaaaaaaaaah, need a hat.”

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            As a child, I used to run across the street, barefoot in pajamas and a bathrobe – through the snow – to the neighbor’s house.

          • Duh-David

            I guess Miss Marie would be okay, if you hold your breath or close your eyes.

    • seant426


    • Ninja0980

      Someone needs a tummy rub.

    • Jerry Roland

      Love that!!!

    • geoffalnutt

      It’s Calista Gingrich…in her new role!!! Either that or it’s Melania Trump first thing in the morning.

  • Michael White

    Bad winter weather hits the east coast so there will be nothing in the news for the next few day. Some snark in this, but not much. welcome to the world many Americans have been experiencing for days.

  • Tawreos

    That does not look fun. I hope it is not as bad as they seem to be predicting. I can’t help but wonder if a bomb cyclone better or worse than the bomb diggity on the bomb scale?

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Well, I for one welcome a good natural disaster… The northeast needs to get rid of some of these old eyesore buildings.

    • PeedeResistance

      Is it too early to drink to that? 🙂

  • Treant

    Here, it’s winds up to 40 MPH sustained (and wind chills of -20), but only an inch or so of snow tops.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Karl Dubhe 2

      I wish we had that. It’s been years since I’ve seen a good blow.

      Maybe you can send it to us? 🙂

  • GanymedeRenard
  • BearEyes

    Nor’easter is sooo last year.

  • Boreal
    • GanymedeRenard


    • KCMC

      No joke. -10 F windchill here this morning.

      • Boreal

        On it’s way here for tonight and the weekend. -19F Friday and -23F Saturday. Only 6 degrees here today w/o the wind chill.

        • Butch

          Haven’t checked the wind chill yet but our thermometer was reading 17 degrees this morning, which is the warmest (or “warmest”) in a long time.

        • Menergy

          Sunny and chilly here in Santa Fe @ 7000’…..28F, real feel 20F with 12mph wind. No snow at all, dammit. None at the ski basin either.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        Well, depending on where you are on Earth, that can be very funny. 🙂

        (seriously, it sucks when you’re not prepared for the weather. And in this case, it’s not like the South can do that. Heck even up North shit happens; we still rib Toronto for calling in the army to help them shovel out one winter…)

        • KCMC

          Day 2 since frozen exploding water pipes.
          Now it’s funny

  • Achilles Tsakiridis

    So this is different than a “polar vortex” ? Remember when the conversation went something like ..

    Ma : Gonna snow some ..
    Pa : mhmm

    Let’s Make America Snow Simply Again ( Yikes that looks like MASSA and that was NOT what I was going for … ) Ok I’m done ..

  • Gerry Fisher

    Given the rainbow shine around that cyclone image, I’d say that this weather threat is our fault. Again. /s

  • Gustav2

    Any of you East Coasters want to visit the cultural desert know as “Flyover County” now?

    • Sam_Handwich


      • Gustav2

        But we have cable and the internet!

        • TuuxKabin

          So do we. =;o)

        • Acronym Jim

          Come to Portland, and enjoy the FREE TV! It’s FREE!!


          I absolutely love this sign that I pass twice daily during my commute.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            I suppose they’ll arrest you if you take that ‘Free TV’…

            Dirty liars.

          • jerry

            Remember all the “Color TV” ads on those motel signs? A few of them are still around.

    • Treant

      No, thanks. I can shovel an inch of snow. 🙂

    • TuuxKabin
      • medaka

        If you paid me to…. 🙂

        • TuuxKabin

          I know. Love the ending. Touch down. How you doin’ this morning? Gon’ write in a bit. Zo coldt. There too?

          • medaka

            Freezing cold. House with no insulation. Went to sleep at 11:00, woke up at 2:00. Now 6:30, and it’s back to work today. Ugh.

    • kanehau

      Fly-over and land in Hawaii 🙂

    • Daveed_WOW

      Give us a break. The East Coast is not the center of the universe.

    • Todd20036

      I’m in dc. We will just get some wind

      • Gustav2

        You should be used to that during the Trump administration.

    • canoebum

      Ask us again in April when the twisters start rolling across the landscape.

    • JCF
  • Rex

    -6 driving in to work today, but no big deal, that North Korean bomb will warm things up nicely.

    • Juvela Bumblebee

      I suspect that Hawaii or California is a more likely target.

      • Acronym Jim

        Which doesn’t bode well for Portland or Seattle, given the NK’s likely targeting tech.

        • Juvela Bumblebee

          Yeah, and no matter where it lands, it is bad news, and we will hear “I meant to do that.”

    • Matt G, Rochester

      But the subsequent nuclear winter will make this look like a balmy summer’s day.

      • fuow

        You know what’s worse than a nuclear war?
        Being one of the survivors.

    • canoebum

      Unless Kim has a suicide wish, he won’t be launching any missiles at the US. Which is not say The Orange Menace isn’t stupid enough to attack North Korea with conventional weapons, but we can hope cooler heads would prevail and take his toys away before he does any more damage.

      • fuow

        Oh, your boundless optimism really does cheer me up.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Effing great. I hate fighting with the wind, cold and 2 dogs at the door all day. Some parts of the east coast are not used to snow or ice and the people are morons on the road. The truck doesn’t like the subzero temperatures and its a bitch going to the Laundromat. I think I will just go back to bed. Oh. Good morning everyone.

    • TuuxKabin

      Good morning Bj. Happy New Year in spite of this mess.

      • Bj Lincoln

        Thank you Hon. We had a nice New Years at home all warm and fuzzy. How was yours? This year has to be better than the last 2 have been.

        • TuuxKabin

          Good to see you ’round. We too were warm, fuzzy and snug as the bugs with our new cat, Bonella on her adoption papers, but since we didn’t give her that name it was hard to remember it. We’d call her Barbara, Betty, Babs, Bertha . . . finally realizing what a beauty she truly is and the spunk she has – killed six mice within 12 hours – we started calling her Barbarella. She could probably break the Orgasmatron, just like in the movie. Since tho, I’ve been referring her as She Demon. Something lurking there.
          Tho both sick and finally able to stomach a small meal yesterday, our NY’s Eve weekend, as wretched as it was, we’ve settled into the new shitstorm of 2018. GayOldLady’s TBGTKUA – the bastards going to kill us all – comes to mind. Last night we baked a cake and at bed time I said to el HubCap. “If we’re nuked before we wake, I’m grateful for the cake we baked.” Made for a sweet breakfast. Anyway. Good to see you. I’ve missed seeing you.

    • Wesinoregon

      Sounds like a good plan.

    • djcoastermark

      I love going to this here site to look at the wind conditions on a global scale. Today has been really interesting watching the wind patterns changing over Fla. today. Watching the storm build in real time ? The site also has a few other tools to change the view such as chemicals in the air.( that’s a real eye opener) The map is quite interactive and you can move the positions you see around the world. Here’s the link. https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-78.66,30.96,1112

      • Bj Lincoln

        Cool! Thanks

      • ColdCountry

        Really cool – thanks!

        • djcoastermark

          It really is quite fascinating.

        • djcoastermark

          I was watching the site a lot when the hurricane was going to hit us earlier this year. It was amazing to watch, mesmerising, and frightening at the same time, to see the storm approaching.

    • fuow

      I hear you – all those years away from the Rocky Mountain West winters had left me unprepared for how awful the strats and ex-Texans are at driving here.
      I just don’t get it. The Air Force will spend millions of dollars on a single strat. Entrust him (always a him) with equipment worth billions. But they canceled the winter safe driving range mandatory training under shrub. I’m driving the Subaru with studded snow tires at -11 on powder over smooth as glass ice (something folks on the East Coast don’t often have the pleasure of – we can go from 40F to below zero here in less than two hours, I know what that ‘bomb’ they’re about to get feels like. Yech.)
      Anyway, I’m driving slowly with the best winter car and tires on the market and a strat will zoom past me at the legal speed limit for a sunny day in August and wham three cars. Every single winter. Every single one. Happened last week, again.
      No teaching them. At least this current base commander doesn’t immediately rotate them out of the state on ‘secret military reasons’ like the last one did when they kill someone. This one makes them face the music, at least.
      But learn? Oh, hell, know.
      And don’t get me started on the ex-Texans. Ah’ve got me a pik-up tyruk wid fier wheel dyruf an ABS an stabulty conntrul, ain’t nufung kin stop me. Sadly, Mother Nature takes the last five words as wish to make true.

    • Stubenville

      “the people are morons on the road.” Amen to that. I’m in the Philly suburbs where we get a few snow storms every single year. Yet people never seem to learn that just because you can go 50 MPH doesn’t mean you can stop at 50 MPH.

      The first thing I do is pull out of my driveway, reach 20 MPH, and try to do a hard stop. If I slip and slide on my little side street, I use extra caution everywhere else.

      • Ninja0980

        We’ve had several crashes here from idiots that don’t seem to get that driving really fast on icy roads will lead to crashes.

    • BillyDee4

      I lived in Chicago for 50 years. I now live in San Diego. Every year in Chicago it seemed like 45% of the drivers didn’t take any caution when they drove in the first snow storms. 45% drove about 10 miles an hour and slowed everyone up. The other 10% of us remembered from years before how to drive safely in ice and snow. The worst near-accident I had was while I was driving on the Tri-State Tollway in a blizzard. I was caught between two huge garbage trucks and I started spinning, still going in the right direction but totally out of control of the spin. I refused to have my obituary say, “Killed by a garbage truck,” Both trucks kept their distance and eventually I was able to regain control of my car.

  • Bluto
    • zhera

      Wise kitty is wise.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Stay safe east coasters.
    We will need you after WhatsHisName presses the biggest button ever.

    • David Walker

      Will that help make it warm again?

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Silver linings David….Silver linings…

        • David Walker

          True. For every silver lining, you gotta have a cloud.

  • E.J.

    It’s snowing in south Georgia and Florida now. That is the storm that will be moving up the coast. Another storm is over the great lakes moving east.

  • sfbob

    Come visit the West Coast, East Coasters. 53 degrees in San Francisco at 6:30 in the morning. That’s actually on the warm side. It’s about to start raining (for which we’re grateful because it’s been seriously dry here of late).

  • stanschurman

    Trump will issue a ‘so much for global warming’ Tweet, unless he’s too involved with comparing the size of his genitals (excuse me, red button) with Kim.

  • fuow

    Yeah, but global warming is just a myth.
    Pity the storm doesn’t hit where the most denialists live, a bit further south.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      They got Hurricane Harvey last summer. Ma Nature’s got to spread the ‘joy’ right?

  • 1980Gardener

    will make for an epic few days of skiing!!!

  • Personally, I will be making gallons of hot chocolate in order to prep for this! LOL!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I’d tell Donald this is another glaring symptom of global warming/climate change, but given he’s banned “science based evidence” from the government lexicon, it would clearly be a waste of time. The Earth is telling us something and we’re still not listening.

  • ColdCountry

    Oh, goody! Foot and a half of snow predicted, but then it will clear and we’ll go back to a high on Saturday of three degrees! The only bright spot is that I finally got to take my dog to the vet yesterday, and after four days of Olympic caliber diarrhea, he has finally settled down. Actually slept through the night last night, instead of needing to go out every hour or so.

    AND, only 57 days until Spring!

  • edrex
  • narutomania

    Here in one of the southernmost counties in Georgia, we had SNOW this morning !!! Wonderful glorious magical snow !!!!!! (I grew up in Alaska and North Dakota, and lived in upstate NY on Lake Ontario for high school and university. So snow and ice are in my blood!) All these images are from my garden / driveway today.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dac32b836c8a0dd5c4663a65b189069d3c430c653e6adcfffda1b55933b5ca6a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7a428bfd0f53b3c99ce513a2d3012e5583c14c152c533605fccce13d4a01d8a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf3c0ffe365fc09bd12d3ed884d274efd828c0373393db600fa0e5796cbfa1fc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b748737ebc8d27512a393be8d4e029d41e19b11eefb4f3535f3f2d68f3af862.jpg

    • JeauxFan

      I was raised in Florida and also find snow totally charming. I know it’s a PITA to shovel and it downs powerlines and such. However, whenever I see it coming down from some cozy indoor vantage point, I’m always like, “OOooooo! Pretty pretty!!”

  • M Jackson

    Good luck y’all.
    Will I be able to get to work at Bryant Park from Queens on the N train at 8:30 Friday morning? Maybe I should leave now.

  • Baltimatt

    Could people please remember we have a lot of US and non-US readers here, so if you’re discussing temperatures, unless it’s -40°, please specify if you are using Fahrenheit or Celsius. Thank you.

  • JWC

    hang in there people


    Put Trumpy poo says this is pwooof there is no global warmin’

  • Lars Littlefield

    So, is this what is known as a nor’easter?

    Reminds me of a friend who lives in Tucson. Her two young daughters ran into the kitchen excited because it was snowing. They had never seen snow before. They begged her to let them go out and play in it. She told them it was OK, but first they had to dress appropriately. They ran to their bedroom and came back wearing swimsuits.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      It sure sounds like a nor’easter.

  • mark99k

    Ooh now I feel really shitty for complaining about the scattered showers forecast tonight for northern CA