'Bomb cyclone' to bring high winds and low temps


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





Orange County is expected to miss most of the snow promised by the "bomb cyclone," a term meteorologists have been bandying about lately to describe the extreme weather we've been having. But brutal temperatures will more than make up for the lack of snow: highs in the single digits and winds up to 21 mph are expected Friday and Saturday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a Wind Chill Watch in effect from Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon in Orange County. Dangerously cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin, especially Friday night into Saturday, according to the NOAA. Also beware that the very cold air might freeze exposed plumbing, if preventive measures are not taken.

So what exactly is a "bomb cyclone"? Also called bombogenesis, it's basically a winter hurricane marked by quick drops in atmospheric pressure. The NOAA says this can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as cold air over warm ocean waters. The cyclone thus created rapidly intensifies, strengthening the storm.

Snow is expected along the coastline, including areas east of the Hudson River, which will get six inches or more, according to forecasts.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Girl Scouts give us a reason to keep running
By Geri Corey
— Exercising, especially going it alone, can be tiring, both physically and mentally. At times, the body and mind...

Read more »
Image

Chester considers changing to ward election system
By Frances Ruth Harris
— The town of Chester is considering changing to a ward election system.
At last week's board...

Read more »
Image

Emma Jorgensen, former GHS actor, to perform in 'Sketching the Soul'
By Geri Corey
— During her growing-up years, lifelong Goshen resident Emma Jorgensen spent a lot of down time reading books and...

Read more »
Image

Chester Public Library to hold volunteer fair
CHESTER — Are you required to do some volunteer work?
Looking join a group that shares your interests?
Need just a few hours...

Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Chester, NY