“Bombogenesis” enters weather commentary – Republicans excepted, of course


Semi blown over in Marina, California

❝ One of California’s strongest storms in years – dubbed a “bombogenesis” or “weather bomb” – has hit the state, killing at least four people and bringing torrential rain and floods.

Power cuts hit 150,000 households and sinkholes swallowed cars.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated amid fear of mud slides near Los Angeles…

❝ One man was killed after a tree fell and pulled a power line onto his car in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.

A second person died in a vehicle when it was submerged by a flash flood in the town of Victorville…

Two others died in car accidents in the San Diego area.

❝ Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for WeatherBell Analytics, told the Los Angeles Times that 10 trillion gallons of rain would fall on California in the next week, enough to power Niagara Falls for 154 days

❝ It is feared that areas that have been previously hit by forest fires could be more susceptible to mud slides as there is less vegetation to break the flow of running water.

Terry Anzur of KFI News told the BBC the dry, scorched ground that had been “saturated” with the heavy downpour was turning streets into “rivers of mud”…

❝ Meteorologists describe the “bombogenesis” as an intense extra-tropical cyclonic low-pressure area, or “a weather bomb”.

“It is likely the strongest within the last six years and possibly even as far back as December 2004 or January 1995.”

Gusts of 87mph were reported on the Big Sur scenic coastal highway.

If you’re sitting in a Million-dollar McMansion you ain’t worried about more than getting out to buy more of the right lite beer to slug down while watching reality TV. Not the reality the rest of us face; but, good enough to keep Fox News in business.

4 thoughts on ““Bombogenesis” enters weather commentary – Republicans excepted, of course

  1. Weatherman says:

    “New Research Shows How ‘Atmospheric Rivers’ Wreak Havoc Around The Globe” http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/20/515838078/new-research-shows-how-atmospheric-rivers-wreak-havoc-around-the-globe See also NASA Integrated water vapor from GFS @ http://www.npr.org/assets/news/2017/02/atmospheric-river-9Jan17-edit.gif
    San Francisco’s total rainfall surpassed normal for a full season after a moisture-packed storm driven by an atmospheric river walloped Northern California. The City by the Bay received nearly an inch in 24 hours. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/S-F-rainfall-has-now-exceeded-normal-for-a-full-10945521.php “”We haven’t even reached rainfall in an entire season in five years,” said Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services. “The fact that we’ve gotten there in the middle of February is noteworthy.”

    • Cassandra says:

      “Every 200 years for at least the past 2,000 years California has suffered a storm of biblical proportions — this year’s rains are just a precursor” http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/21/14684630/california-atmospheric-river-flood-storm-evacuations-rain-arkstorm More than 150 years have passed since California’s last, great flood — and a team of researchers with the US Geological Survey have predicted what kind of damage a similar flood would cause today. See ARkStorm scenario @ https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1312/of2010-1312_text.pdf
      In a typical year, around nine atmospheric rivers shower California with precipitation. Each one of which holds about the equivalent of 20 Mississippi Rivers’ worth of water. When the stream of warm, wet air hits coastal mountains it’s forced upward, where it cools and condenses into massive rain clouds. 30 of these atmospheric rivers have impacted California since October 1st. As global temperatures continue to climb, the air can hold more water vapor — which means calmer winds, but warmer and wetter atmospheric rivers, more often. And that means more flooding.

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