‘This is a Major Bomb Cyclone.’ Extreme Weather to Unfold Across the U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 24 October 2021
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No matter where in the United States you may be this week, expect fairly dramatic weather patterns ranging from a bomb cyclone to nor’easters to flash floods.

Travelers should expect hazardous road conditions and, especially in mountainous regions, chain controls and roadway closures, as well as flight delays and cancellations although few had been posted for Monday as of 5 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

California is bracing for extremely heavy rainfall in the northern part of the state and authorities are warning of the possibility of flash floods and dangerous mud slides, especially in communities scorched bare by wildfires.  Santa Barbara County issued an evacuation order for parts of the Alisal Fire burn area as a result.

The storm comes with several upsides including the likelihood that the torrential rain will end the possibility of wildfires for the remainder of the year.  It will also bring heavy snowfall to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, with winds gusting over 50 mph (80 km/h) creating whiteout conditions in some areas.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction center is calling for scattered severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts, large hail, and strong tornados from parts of the Ozarks into the middle Mississippi Valley for the remainder of Sunday.   The Storm Prediction Center is also forecasting isolated damaging gusts and “a tornado or two” along the Oregon coast.

Meanwhile, weather models hint strongly at a possible nor’easter in the middle of the week.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue wrote on Twitter on Sunday that a massive cyclone will bombard the Northeast starting Tuesday, adding that the cyclone will have central pressure consistent with that of a Category 2 hurricane.

“Yes, this is a major bomb cyclone,” he said on Saturday on Twitter.

There are flash flood warnings throughout the Northeast  as a result, and coastal flooding and heavy rain are possible across southern New England.

Given that autumn leaves are first starting to fall, gusty winds could easily down trees and large branches, leading to potential power outages across the region.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

 

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