Bomb Cyclone Snow leaving air travelers stranded in South Florida
A massive winter weather system called a bomb cyclone, is ripping up the eastern seacoast delivering large accumulations of snow and fierce winds along its path. The storm, AKA: Grayson, has also left behind hundreds of travelers – in South Florida.
Nearly 5,000 flights were canceled and even more were delayed throughout the country by Thursday. Many flights were scheduled to areas expecting high does of snow such as New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and most of the mid-Atlantic states.
The same system is responsible for the projected record low temperatures in at least 28 airport cities. To make matters worse, hurricane-force winds were expected along with a foot or more of snow making it known on social media as #Blizzard2018.
Flooding was evident in Boston on Thursday as the famous harbor area crested well above street level. That city along with New York City had most of their flights canceled.
Due to cold weather conditions, including frost advisories, flights were canceled in Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International, Miami International, and Palm Beach International Airports.
Although hundreds of travelers were disrupted by the cancellations, most seemed to be fine with facing a delay in South Florida, given that much of the country was faring far worse.
With weather conditions expected to improve considerably on Friday and settle back to near normal over the weekend, the passengers with likely move on within a day or so.
Just what is a bomb cyclone?
Although it may be a term that is new to you, meteorologists have used it for many years. According to the National Weather Service, what makes a storm a “bomb” is how fast the atmospheric pressure falls. Falling atmospheric pressure is a characteristic of all storms. By definition, the barometric pressure must drop by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours for a storm to be called a bomb cyclone.