There are plenty of terms meteorologists use to describe storm systems. From “atmospheric river” to “jet streak,” meteorologists love to label weather phenomena in colorful and sometimes goofy ways. (Here’s looking at you, “vorticity lobe.”)
But perhaps the most exotic-sounding and useful weather term floating around these days is “bombogenesis.”
While it sounds like a band name or a fancy new video game console, bombogenesis is really just a fancy way of saying that an area of low pressure is rapidly intensifying.
Specifically, to qualify as a “weather bomb,” the minimum central pressure of a storm must drop by at least 24 millibars within 24 hours. Read more…