It started out as a photogenic winter storm on Tuesday, but as the winter has progressed it has morphed into a potentially deadly weather phenomenon. The official name of the storm is named Beryl, a name inspired by a biblical passage. “Behold, I will send a bomb cyclone to the east coast to slap my motherfucker in the face,” wrote Ed Morrissey on Twitter on Tuesday. And just in case you’re wondering, no, it’s not an biblical term.
“Bomb cyclone” is the latest name the National Weather Service has given to what it dubs a bomb cyclone. The National Hurricane Center keeps a system dubbed a bomb cyclone on its list of active and developing tropical cyclones, which includes hurricanes, tropical storms and typhoons. But the NWS came up with the term bomb cyclone in its winter storm forecast report in 2001. Even better, it appears the storm may be fast approaching. “This #bombcyclone (small ice layer) will cause flash #flooding,” The Weather Channel tweeted early Thursday. The track and intensity of the storm will determine whether or not it becomes a full-fledged, severe weather event. The band of showers and thunderstorms will cause some flash flooding in northern Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic states.