Midnight In The Desert — cyclone

What the heck is a bomb cyclone?

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What the heck is a bomb cyclone?

Bomb cyclone: it sounds really cool, it’s actually kind of scary, and it’s headed your way. On Wednesday and Thursday, the intimidatingly-named winter storm is set to hit the East Coast with icy precipitation from Florida up into New England. But a name as apocalyptic as bomb cyclone begs explanation. How bad will this storm be, exactly? I mean, “bomb” is generally a qualifier you want attached to something like “frostings,” not “cyclone.” The phrase doesn’t refer to the storm itself. (The storm’s name is Grayson and you will refer to him as such.) Instead, 'bomb cyclone' refers to a...

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Good Lord the Largest Cyclone Ever Recorded in the Indian Ocean Is Very Large

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Good Lord the Largest Cyclone Ever Recorded in the Indian Ocean Is Very Large

It’s been a wild six months for megastorms. In October 2015, Hurricane Patricia became the most powerful ever measured, with winds topping 200 mph before being downgraded near the coast of Mexico. In February 2016, there was Winston, the most potent cyclone recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, which made landfall on Fiji. Now meet Fantala, the strongest storm measured over the Indian Ocean. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured Fantala using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) as it clocked wind speeds of 170 miles per hour on April 18. A second image released by NASA shows wind speeds as measured by...

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