The Bomb Cyclone

“Atmospheric River”
“Bomb Cyclone”
“Pineapple Express”

Those are the words the giddy meteorologists are using to describe the major storm that will rapidly intensify and become a bomb cyclone, a powerful storm associated with a sudden and significant drop in atmospheric pressure, off the coast of California. It will slam into the Golden State, unleashing the risk for life-threatening flooding, damaging winds, and widespread power outages from Wednesday into Thursday.

An atmospheric river, or massive plume of moisture originating from the tropical Pacific Ocean some 2,500 miles away, will fuel the heavy precipitation. Such a weather setup can lead to excessive rainfall and flooding, as well as a thump of snow that can shut down travel where the atmosphere is cold enough. In this particular case, the event can be classified as a Pineapple Express, since the plume of moisture will extend from near Hawaii.

This latest storm is also arriving just days after the previous storm that brought heavy rainfall and created significant flooding. Here’s what the National Weather Service is saying what we can expect starting tomorrow.

Between my back injury on New Year’s Day, which still has me out of commission, and this coming forecast for a Bomb Cyclone, 2023 has gotten off to a rather poor start. At least from my perspective.

38 thoughts on “The Bomb Cyclone

  1. Paula Light January 3, 2023 / 4:16 pm

    I wish I didn’t have to drive in it. Hope you’re feeling a little better ❤️

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  2. Marleen January 3, 2023 / 4:51 pm

    That’s some extreme weather.

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  3. newepicauthor January 3, 2023 / 5:19 pm

    I hope you survive and that your dog doesn’t mind more rain coming.

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    • Fandango January 3, 2023 / 10:18 pm

      I’m sure she won’t be happy about it. Nor will I.

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    • Fandango January 3, 2023 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks, Cage. With my back the way it is, I wasn’t going anywhere anyway.

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  4. Sadje January 3, 2023 / 6:36 pm

    Now good news. I hope the back is getting better?

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    • Fandango January 3, 2023 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks, Sadje. It’s a little better, but I’m still experiencing spasms.

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      • Sadje January 4, 2023 / 2:01 am

        Not* Good that it’s on the way to healing

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  5. Gr8BigFun January 3, 2023 / 6:49 pm

    The back injury must suck. Knock wood mine hasn’t acted up in a couple of years now. Hope it get better quick. As for the Bomb Cyclone let’s hope it says south because the last one drop a shit ton of snow here. Hope you don’t get washed away in the process.

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  6. bushboy January 3, 2023 / 7:10 pm

    Where are you on that map? In an oh shit zone or this’ll be nasty area

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      • bushboy January 3, 2023 / 10:38 pm

        Better than west. Batten down the hatches, who is going to move your outdoor furniture? Don’t you even try!!!

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  7. msjadeli January 3, 2023 / 8:25 pm

    That sounds terrible. I don’t like to think of you being out of commission when all that is headed your way.

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  8. Lauren January 3, 2023 / 9:30 pm

    Stay safe Fandango. Southern Californians have no idea how to drive in the rain. I only go out for medical appointments and I’ve to not see an accident on one of the journeys.

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    • Fandango January 3, 2023 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks, Lauren.


  9. Nope, Not Pam January 3, 2023 / 10:55 pm

    Weren’t you having a drought before? If so, rain should be welcome

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    • Fandango January 3, 2023 / 11:21 pm

      Yes, the rain is welcome, but I’d rather a slow steady rain that is deeply absorbed than a deluge in already saturated grounds that will be mostly runoff. So I’m not sure how much all this rain at one time will ease the drought all that much.


  10. SadiRose January 4, 2023 / 4:20 am

    My goodness when it rains it pours (bwahhaha). I hope your back is getting better and you avoid any major inconveniences from the impending storm.

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  11. Irene January 4, 2023 / 5:40 am

    I am learning about your injury just now, since I was out of commission for a few days, too. On December 31 in the morning, I was loading the dish washer, got distracted admiring my new wall chalkboard (part of my Xmas presents), and forgot the dishwasher door was still open, tripped over it and landed on my right hand, bounced over on my face and chipped a tooth! Fortunately no nerves were damaged, and a prompt ice treatment of both spots kept the swelling at bay to some extent and Advil helped with the pain. Today is the first day I can put some pressure on my right hand fingers, and I have an appointment with the dentist this afternoon. Anyway, I hope you have a speedy recovery and that the storm does not cause a lot of damage, take care, Fandango.

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    • Fandango January 4, 2023 / 11:07 am

      Yikes. That was quite a fall you took. I’m glad to hear that your hand is getting better and, hopefully your dentist can help with the tooth. These freaky accidents take their toll on us, don’t they?


  12. Jen January 4, 2023 / 1:03 pm

    Hoping it’s “moderate” in your area. 🤞🤞🤞💜

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    • Fandango January 4, 2023 / 8:39 pm

      This should go a long way to easing it up.


      • Marilyn Armstrong January 5, 2023 / 7:48 pm

        We are ALMOST out of it. A few areas are still slightly dry, but if it keeps raining, we’ll have full rivers by spring. Phew!

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  13. leigha66 January 27, 2023 / 4:10 pm

    Now that all of that is done… what is your drought status?

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    • Fandango January 28, 2023 / 2:17 am

      Very improved, but not gone. Still declared to be “moderate,” but no longer “severe” or “extreme.”

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