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Real weather term “bomb” blows up on social media

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WASHINGTON — The term bomb cyclone sounds scary, but it’s a real weather term and it fits the storm that sprang up from the U.S. Southeast.

Just like the phrase polar vortex four years ago, the weather term bomb is exploding on social media. Meteorologists use the term when a storm intensifies rapidly. They say the worst of this storm will be the high winds and bitter cold that follows. Most of the storm is staying out at sea.

Weather.US meteorologist Ryan Maue says “Bombogenesis is the technical term. Bomb cyclone is a shortened version of it, better for social media.”

Maue helped popularize polar vortex in 2014. He says there won’t be any exploding or detonating.

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