"Bomb cyclone" snowstorm hits Denver

Yes, I started to edit my post to make that point but “The mile-high city hobbled by a powerful blizzard” seems incomplete - what about the city?

The man hobbled by his pants hanging around his ankles… did what?

That’s exactly the problem - the sentence is missing an “is” or “was,” as is almost every other sentence of this “report”


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No, it is an old weather term and has more to do with the change in barometric pressure and the accompanying winds than it does with snowfall. The pressure drop is lattitude dependent. I haven’t done the math, but for Denver it should be something like 20mb drop in 24 hours. We had one a few weeks ago and it destroyed my backyard table.


I learn something every day!

Condolences on your table.


I actually ran across this term previously in a book called The Storm of the Century, about the 1935 Labor Day hurricane that flattened a swath of the Florida Keys. It refers to when a storm gets the sweet spot of temperature, moisture, and prevailing winds and goes from ‘meh’ to ‘OMGwe’reallgonnadie’ in a matter of hours, also known as ‘rapid deepening’. The 1935 hurricane unofficial barometer pressure dropped below 26 inches (until the barometer was lost in the storm surge), unheard of and a sign of how powerful the storm was. It also blew a train off the tracks, this one on the Flagler Oversea Railway line.


The day before the storm, I took advantage of the sunny day and temps in the upper-60’s to clean the months and months worth of detritus out of my car. I joked with my neighbor that I was putting The Whammy on the weather far more certainly than how the jinx of washing a car makes it rain the next day.

This was all my fault. I promise that from now on, I will let the trash accumulate in my car.


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