(ORDO NEWS) — Residents of the United States in every state live in different weather conditions: snowstorms are expected in the Great Lakes region, and a cold snap is expected on the east coast.
Even Florida and areas on the border with Mexico are facing dangerous weather warnings, including winds up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Meteorologists recently warned of a “bomb cyclone” that has hit the United States – an explosive name for an equally devastating phenomenon.
“It would be more accurate to call it explosive cyclogenesis, when the central pressure in the low pressure system drops sharply – by 24 millibars in 24 hours,” explained UK Sky News weather anchor Kirsty McCabe.
“These intense storms bring heavy rainfall and very strong winds,” she said.
“Very cold Arctic air is entering the US right now, and the freezing weather is causing additional complications.”
Bomb cyclones are formed by the interaction of powerful jet streams of warm and cold air, she explained. When two different temperatures collide, atmospheric pressure drops in literally minutes.
The National Weather Service reported similar or worse conditions this coming weekend, with parts of the US likely to experience temperatures of -50 to -70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The agency warned that even in cities and metropolitan areas, frostbite could be a serious hazard.
The bomb cyclone represents a “unique and dangerous situation,” Ohio Gov. Mike Devine said. Nearly 6,000 flights have already been canceled in the US as of Thursday and Friday, while WestJet alone canceled more than 250 flights in Canada, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Even on land, the journey will be very dangerous, so it’s best to avoid it at all costs, meteorologists warn. “If you have to travel, prepare for extreme cold. In some areas, being outdoors in a matter of minutes can lead to severe frostbite.”
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