The National Guard has been called out in several states as a bombogenesis or bomb cyclone makes its way up the East coast of the US.
"it is not the lowest pressure that defines bombogenisis but rather how quickly the pressure within the storm plummets. When the barometric pressure falls at least 0.71 of an inch (24 millibars) in 24 hours, a storm has undergone bombogenesis."
Record High Tide
Record or near-record high tides accompanied the cyclone causing severe coastal flooding. Over 4,000 flights have been canceled. Newark and LaGuardia account for about half the total.
A massive winter storm roared into the East Coast on Thursday, threatening to dump as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine and unleashing hurricane-force winds and flooding that closed schools and offices and halted transportation systems. Forecasters expected the storm to be followed immediately by a blast of face-stinging cold air that could break records in more than two dozen cities and bring wind chills as low as minus 40 this weekend.
The massive storm began two days ago in the Gulf of Mexico, first hitting the Florida Panhandle. It has prompted thousands of canceled flights and shuttered schools and businesses. The high winds caused coastal flooding from Massachusetts to Maine, and the rising waters stranded people in homes and cars.
Blizzard warnings and states of emergency were in wide effect, and wind gusts hit more than 70 mph in some places. Eastern Massachusetts and most of Rhode Island braced for snow falling as fast as 3 inches per hour.
It seems like we had it very bad her over the past few week. Temperatures at night were as low as -8 degrees with wind chills much lower.
However, we have not had much snow and no flooding.
On Sunday we are supposed to hit a balmy 28 degrees. Until then daytime temperatures are not supposed to get above 11 and night-time temperatures will be as low as -9.
If you have air travel plans expect lengthy delays.
Stay warm everybody!
Mike "Mish" Shedlock