Satellite images show the nightmare bomb cyclone whirling across the US

GOES-West view of the bomb cyclone that churned across the US this week.

The bomb cyclone that pummeled Colorado and killed a state trooper on Wednesday is now traveling east, unleashing snow, rain, and powerful winds through the midwest today. It’s a “historic March blizzard,” the National Weather Service says — and satellites have captured eerie views of the storm from space.

The storm is called a “bomb cyclone” because of the rapid drop in pressure at the center of the storm, according to Jennifer Francis, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center. If a storm’s pressure drops by more than 24 millibars over 24 hours, then it qualifies. “And that definitely happened,” Francis says. Readings in Colorado on Wednesday showed pressure drops of over 30 millibars, according to Denver’s CBS4.

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