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THOUSANDS on the east coast faced power outages after a “bomb cyclone” storm brought wind, snow, and freezing rain to the Northeast.

Winter storm Quinlan, named by the Weather Channel, brought heavy snow to Pennsylvania and gale-strength winds to New Jersey, New York, and Delaware.

The highest expected snowfall totals were in upstate Maine, where some will see up to 13 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

“This storm is only going to intensify as it travels to the east,” CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray said on Friday. “We could see the potential for severe weather as we go through tonight and even tomorrow, with the threat of very gusty winds, large hail, and even tornados.”

“Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories stretch all the way from Northern New England down to the deep south,” Gray warned.

A bomb cyclone, also known as bombogenesis, “occurs when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Read our Winter Storm Quinlan path tracker blog for the latest updates…

  • Why did the US start naming storms, continued

    Established by the World Meteorological Organization, a list of names are now used to identify Atlantic hurricanes on a six-year rotation.

    The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm is considered inappropriate.

    In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in a season, a supplemental list of names are used.

    As for winter storms, The Weather Channel has been naming winter storms since the 2012-2013 winter season.

  • Why did the US start naming storms?

    Tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order they occurred until the early 1950s.

    However, over time, it was discovered that distinctive names would be needed to reduce confusion and streamline communications when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time.

    That came after storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were mistaken for warnings concerning an entirely different storm located hundreds of miles away.

  • Aftermath of a winter storm, continued

    Chubb.com recommends that you follow these steps after a winter storm has passed:

    • Clear the snow
    • Clean off your roof
    • Look for damage to trees
    • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxiode detectors are working
    • Check the insides of your home
    • Don’t foget about your pets
    • Stay warm
    • Avoid driving right away
  • Dealing with the aftermath of a winter storm

    There are always challenges to deal with after a winter storm, whether you got two inches or two feet of snow, especially if you lose electricity.

    Even if your electricity doesn’t come back on right away, here are some recommendations for digging out swiftly, cleaning up efficiently, and staying safe and warm.

  • Keep your pets safe, continued

    Follow these recommendations to keep your pets safe and healthy during a winter storm:

    • Keep pets indoors
    • Provide outdoor shelter for outdoor pets
    • Care for your pets’ feet
    • Provide extra food and water
    • Use leashes when walking near water
    • Don’t leave pets locked inside a car
    • Keep antifreeze out of reach of pets
    • Check vehicles before starting cars to avoid hazards involving pets
  • Keep your pets safe

    Chapped paws and itchy, flaky skin can result from exposure to the dry, cold air of winter, as well as chilling rain, sleet, and snow, but these aren’t the only problems that dogs face.

    If chemicals from ice-melting products are licked off of bare paws, winter walks can turn harmful.

    Mass.gov revealed experts’ suggestions to help avoid cold weather hazards from hurting your pet’s health.

  • Preparing for power outages

    During periods of severe cold or heat, power interruptions can be perilous. Power outages can also be problematic for people who use medical gadgets that rely on energy.

    Power outages may be mitigated by planning ahead of time and keeping you and your family safe.

    Do the following to prepare:

    • If power disruptions are predicted, fully charge your cellphone, laptop, and other electrical devices before the storm.
    • If your medical equipment is powered by electricity, discuss your choices with your health care professionals, utility company, and personal support network during a power outage. Talk to relatives, friends, and your support network if you’ll need help during an outage.
    • Consider getting a generator to keep your home powered up in the event of a power outage. Before an outage, read the manufacturer’s instructions and understand how to operate it properly.
  • Tips if you have to drive during a storm

    Unless absolutely necessary, avoid driving during winter storms. If you must travel, here are some driving safety recommendations.

    • Avoid driving during the storm’s harshest parts. Only travel during daytime hours if feasible, don’t travel alone, and stick to main highways rather than taking shortcuts.
    • Take use of public transit.
    • Before driving, clear snow and ice off windows, lights, the hood, and the roof.
    • Make sure there’s enough area to stop.
    • Don’t attempt to outsmart the weather. Keep in mind that the specified speed restrictions apply only to dry pavement.
  • Biggest snowstorms of all time: ranked

    According to How Stuff Works, the 10 biggest snowstorms of all time are:

    • The Blizzard of 1888: Northeastern United States
    • The Storm of the Century, 1993: Eastern United States
    • New York City Blizzard of 2006
    • Lhunze County, Tibet in 2008
    • Mount Shasta, California in 1959
    • The Eastern Canadian Blizzard of 1971: Quebec and Ontario, Canada
    • The Iran Blizzard of 1972: Iran and Azerbaijan
    • The Great Snow of 1717: New England
    • The Buffalo Blizzard of 1977
    • Snowmageddon of 2014: Atlanta
  • Biggest snowstorms of all time

    The NESIS takes into account the fact that some of the deadliest storms feature little snowfalls that are blown out of sight by hurricane-force winds.

    Some storms are more severe than others because they hit big cities or are so broad that they hit many cities.

  • If you can’t find cover parking

    Lifting the wipers of your car will make it easier to scrape your windshield after the snowstorm.

    It can also prevent your wiper blades from freezing to the windshield.

    However, if you forget to lift up your wipers, it will not cause any damage.

  • Storing your car during a snowstorm

    If you don’t have a covered parking spot, you can ask a friend or a family member if they have an extra one.

    Perhaps you know someone who has a two- or three-car garage.

    If you don’t know anyone who has an extra covered parking spot, you can put your car in storage.

    On average, it costs about $45 to put a standard vehicle in storage for a day.

    However, rates can vary depending on the facility that you choose.

  • Before the storm hits, continued

    If you have any chargers, purses, garage openers, or keys in your car, you will want to take them out.

    Finally, lock your vehicle. This seems simple, but it is easily forgotten.

    You will be away from your vehicle for an extended period, so it doesn’t hurt to double-check that you have locked it.

  • What to do before the storm hits

    Winter storms can last for days, and it’s never good to leave a car dirty for an extended period of time.

    Acidic material could eat away at your paint, and car covers could rub dirt around the clearcoat and make scratches.

    So if you know a winter storm is coming, it is a good idea to clean it off quickly, before you park it somewhere safe for the duration of the storm.

    After you have washed your vehicle, collect any belongings that you might need over the next few days out of your car.

  • What happens during a cyclone?

    It occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars — A millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours.

    This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass.

    An example is when chilly air moves over warm ocean waters.

    The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone.

  • Satellite imagery shows storm movement

    The National Weather Service shared video footage that shows the progression of Winter Storm Quinlan.

    While snow melted in the Great Plains, the storm brought cold conditions and precipitation to the Northeast.

  • Where do bomb cyclones occur?

    Bomb cyclones” occur most frequently along coastlines where warm water is present.

    The warm water creates a strong temperature gradient from its surface to the atmosphere just above it.

  • What is a bomb cyclone?

    Bomb cyclone is a popular term used by meteorologists for explosive cyclogenesis or bombogenesis.

    A bomb cyclone occurs when a low-pressure system’s central pressure drops at least 24 millibars — a millibar measures atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours or less.

    This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass.

    Bombogenesis, “occurs when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • When will the storm end?

    Winter Storm Quinlan is expected to be fast-moving.

    It likely won’t last long, with rain quickly tapering off by Saturday night.

  • Hurricane-level winds

    Hurricane winds could develop over the Atlantic Ocean and Canadian Maritimes as part of Winter Storm Quinlan.

    Widespread gusts are expected to reach more than 40mph.

    And some localized gusts could hit 50 to 60mph, especially near coastal areas in the Northeast, on Saturday.

  • Damaging winds

    Wind gusts could vary between 40-50mph in the Mid-Atlantic as well as the Northeast during Winter Storm Quinlan.

    AccuWeather predicts “gusty thunderstorms” will be part of this storm.

  • Atlanta sees record low temps

    Meteorologist Mike Seidel shared the forecast for Atlanta, which will see record-low temps late Saturday and early Sunday.

    Gusty winds will die down over Saturday night and by Sunday morning, temperatures should begin to climb slightly, reaching 20 degrees.

    The last time it was below 20 degrees in Atlanta was January 2018.

  • When did rain turn to sleet in NY?

    From west to east this morning and throughout the afternoon, rain turns to sleet, then snow.

    The transition occurred between 11am -12pm in New York.

  • Shocked at the snowfall

    Some Twitter users have posted about how the weather in their area went from warm up in the 70s to cold and snowy weather this week.

    “Mother Nature does not care about us,” wrote one user, who posted a photo of the snow blanketing the outside of their home.

  • Millions under winter alerts and warnings

    The Weather Channel took to Twitter to inform people about what is expected from Winter Storm Quinlan.

    They said that there are over 60million people under winter weather alerts and an estimated 30million under freeze warnings.

    “This doesn’t sound like we’re moving into spring,” they tweeted.

Source: thesun

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