Houston area in critical condition after a super-cold, stormy weekend

We will get beyond the kooky phrasing, but seriously, this was a particularly strange storm. #bombcyclone #nuclearwinter #houston A post shared by Emily Peck (@emily_peck) on Dec 29, 2017 at 7:47am PST

Whether you are an “actors” or a “Super Bowl champs,” it seems you can get covered in snow in December. Or snow, rain and freezing rain. Or all of the above. Such was the case when Sunday’s “bomb cyclone”—described as a low-pressure system with high winds and freezing rain—transit the Houston area, causing massive flooding and the evacuation of more than 20,000 people.

As you might have noticed from the storm imagery, “bomb” is a synonym for “bomb cyclone.” But it is not, at least historically, an accurate descriptor. Unlike a hurricane, which can generate rotating winds (or waves) that can cause waves in the ocean, a bomb cyclone is a dense low-pressure system—which is often referred to as a typhoon, a hurricane or even a “monster.”

Read the full story on The New York Times.

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