Another wintery weather word is a bombogenesis which popped up during the first snowstorm of 2018. According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the process of bombogenesis occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies. This can happen with cold air masses collide with warm air masses. This weather system can form quickly and can create a bomb cyclone. It’s hard to imagine a cyclone combined with a blizzard but we ended up with two snow days worth of snow!
The next weather word is very fun to say: haboob. Go on try it: haboob. Well other than being fun to say haboobs can have quite the impact on an area. In Arabic haboob means ‘blasting’ and that’s exactly what they do. Occurring all over the world they are a very powerful dust storm that can happen very quickly. Forty mile an hour winds can start up in just a few minutes! A lot of the damage that happens during a haboob are because people drive through them or breathe in too much of the sand. So if you ever find yourself caught in a haboob stop driving, find shelter inside and cover your nose and mouth. A transportation department in Arizona even uses haikus to promote haboob safety!
In the future while you sit on the couch looking at the forecast pay attention to those weird weather words and you might just learn something new!