Neologisms from the Blizzard of 2015


Bombogenesis: a scientific term that the Weather Channel has popularized because it combines suggestions of the destructive power of heavy ordinance and associations with the Biblical story of the origins of life—that is, it suggests re-creation out of the maelstrom.

Here is the explanation from the Weather Channel’s website:

“Bombogenesis. The word sounds ominous, but in reality, the process happens fairly frequently in the world of weather.

“”Bombogenesis follows from cyclogenesis, which refers to the development of a cyclone (which, in turn, is usually synonymous with a low pressure system, or low),’ writes senior meteorologist Stu Ostro.

“’Bombs are so-named because of the rapidity with which they develop, which evokes explosiveness, and the power that they usually attain once they have gone through the intensification phase specified in the definition (a central pressure drop of at least 24 millibars, or 24 mbars, in 24 hours).’

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