Will Connecticut Experience the Bombogenesis Effect This Week?
Have you ever heard of such a thing as a bombogenesis storm?
According to oceanservice.noaa.gov, the proper definition of bombogenesis is when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. In other words, it's when the barometric pressure takes a nose dive, which is something we may experience.
Does this mean we're in for a life-threatening amount of snow, wind, ice, and heartache? The answer is absolutely not. Most meteorologists are currently predicting 1 to 3 inches of snow this Thursday (December 4) making roads snow packed and slippery.
The mack-daddy of all snowstorms began on February 6, 1978, and was aptly named , The Blizzard of '78. Danbury schools were dismissed early, according to an article in the News Times. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was 12-yeard-old at the time, and told the News Times:
I was standing in my front yard wondering why schools had been dismissed early because nothing was happening. Then this big flake, the size of my palm fell into my hand and that's when it all started.
The Blizzard of '78 dropped 23.5 inches of snow on Danbury and Gov. Ella T. Grasso closed down the state's roads for three days. Three days of snow coupled with strong winds up to 70 mph crippled New England. To get an overview of what it must have been like during this historical storm, check out the video:
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