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National Weather Service Issues Warnings as 'Bomb Cyclone' Targets America

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Thanks to recent scientific and technological advancements, our society has learned so much more about the various weather systems that impact our nation and the rest of the globe than we have ever known before.

At the same time, the media has increasingly taken to framing unusual weather systems as some sort of absolute climate catastrophe — sparked by man-made climate change, of course.

NPR reported on the severe winter weather system that is wreaking havoc over the nation’s midsection right now. This storm has been called a “bomb cyclone” and is expected to bring significantly high winds, heavy snow and plenty of rain that could cause devastating flooding issues in some areas.

Advisories and warnings have been issued for the potentially destructive and deadly weather from parts of New Mexico to South Dakota, and all other states in between them.

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The “bomb cyclone” storm derives its name from the manner in which storms like it tend to develop, with a rapidly falling barometric pressure. Barometric pressure measures the atmosphere’s air pressure and normally tends to drop a little bit ahead of “bad” weather like rain and thunderstorms.

However, what would otherwise be a normal storm is categorized as a “bomb cyclone” when the barometric pressure drops by a large amount over a short period of time, as described to NPR by climatologist Jeff Weber during a previous iteration of a similar storm in 2018.

Weber, who works for the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research, told NPR, “We call storms that drop 24 millibars in 24 hours a bomb, a bombogenesis, the beginning of a cyclone,” which is more exciting than the technical term, “baroclinic midlatitude cyclone.”

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That previous winter storm had rocked the East Coast and left millions of people without power. Air and road travel was brought to a halt and there were several weather-related deaths.

NPR suggested that this “bomb cyclone” storm was somehow caused by climate change, even as a climate scientist interviewed for the piece knocked that assumption down flat.

The liberal-leaning media outlet noted that scientists have been studying whether there is any relation between bomb cyclones and the “larger trend” of climate change. The outlet added that the ever-shifting jet stream of high-altitude winds has allowed for extreme temperature swings and increased surface temperatures of ocean water, which may or may not be a contributing factor to more intense storms and weather systems.

However, a climate scientist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison named Jonathan Martin told NPR, “There isn’t a direct link between the slowly changing climate and this event.”

Martin added that while this particular weather system was “rather unusually intense,” he said that “these things come around every few years.”

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As long as there has been climate on this planet, it has been changing, long before human beings even walked upon the face of the earth.

Nevertheless, the liberal media will no doubt attempt to portray this storm as not only the worst storm to ever hit the U.S. but will also attempt to frame it as the direct result of human activities having a detrimental impact on the climate.

People should still take the ordinary precautions they typically would against the potential hazards of this significant winter weather system, frightening system names and media hype notwithstanding.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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The School of Life
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