Bombogenesis

Don’t touch those wires! Photo credit: NOAA – Public domain

New Word of the Day – Bombogenesis

Today’s new word of the day — a form of neologism* — is bombogenesis. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, bombogenesis is a noun meaning the development and intensification of a major storm. It comes from the recent tendency to describe a major storm as a “snow bomb” or “weather bomb.” Lisa Suhey has written an article for the Christian Science Monitor that explains the term bombogenesis and a few others, including blizzard. The weather service has been using bombogenesis for a while, and they even have specific criteria for it, including “when a storm’s area of lowest surface pressure experiences a rapid drop of more than 24 millibars in 24 hours.” Her article also clarifies what makes a blizzard, and it’s not just a lot of snow. To qualify as a blizzard, in addition to a lot of snow, there must be wind-driven snow that reduces visibility to zero for more than three houfs, with wind greater than 35 MPH (56 KPH.)

*I differentiated “new word” from “neologism” because to get into my New Word of the Day series, the word must be in a dictionary as a new word, while a neologism isn’t necessarily in a dictionary yet. It might have just been invented by a witty punster or a schizophrenic.

Has any of my readers ever lived through a snow bomb?

rjb

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Jim has fought forest fires and controlled traffic in the air and on the sea. Now he writes stories.
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2 Responses to Bombogenesis

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love that Word!!
    I don’t know if I have or not when I lived in N.Y. state. I didn’t keep tabs on surface pressure then (or now).
    Impressive photo you selected!
    Bombogenesis…It could be a metaphor for sudden mood changes when verbal exchanges get very chilly and you know more frostiness is coming

    • arjaybe says:

      One nice thing about neologisms is that you can make them up to suit any occasion. eg, figital, having to do with fidgeting with digital devices.

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