East Coast Bomb Cyclone

East Coast Bomb Cyclone

The first week of 2018 brought extremely cold arctic air to the Eastern states, with temperatures as much as 20-25 degrees below normal as far south as Georgia and Florida, and snowfall totals over 12 inches in some places.

A powerful and rapidly intensifying nor’easter - which many called a Bomb Cyclone (nickname for Bombogenesis) – moved up the Eastern Seaboard this week. Bombogenesis is a meteorological term defined by the National Weather Service as rapid intensification of a cyclone (low pressure system) with a surface pressure expected to fall by at least 24 millibars in a 24 hour period. The convergence of extremely cold air along the back side of this system with the warm humid air over the Atlantic allowed for this rapidly intensifying system to bring strong, damaging winds and heavy snow to the East Coast. The region saw record breaking cold temperatures, snowfall totals exceeding 12 inches in places that rarely see snow, and a dangerous layer of ice on the roads for parts of the South.

On Wednesday, the NWS was calling for 6 to 12 inches of snow from Virginia Beach to Boston, with higher amounts of 12 to 18 inches possible for parts of northern New England.

I have complied a list of the interesting features on this storm below:

Snow Totals


3.0 inches at Dixie Union, GA

3.0 inches at Baxley, GA

South Carolina:

8.0 inches at Andews, SC

6.0 inches at Floydale and Little Rock, SC

5.5 inches at Greeleyvill, SC

North Carolina:

12.0 inches at Rockyhock, NC

8.0 inches at Elizabeth City, NC

8.0 inches at Smithtown, NC

7.5 inches at Knotts Island, NC


14.8 inches at Hallwood, VA

12.2 inches at Gallups Corner, VA

12.0 inches at Greenbrier, VA

11.0 inches as Hampton, VA

11.0 inches at Cradock, VA

10.3 inches at Norfolk Intl, VA

9.0 inches at Beachondale, VA


11.5 inches at Eden, MD

11.0 inches at Pittsville, MD

10.0 inches at Salisbury, MD

9.0 inches at Snow Hill, MD

New Jersey:

14.0 inches at Estell Manor, NJ

13.3 inches at Absecon, NJ

13.0 inches at Pleasantville, NJ

17.0 inches at Cape May Court House, NJ

12.5 inches at Dennisville, NJ

16.5 inches at Howell, NJ

12.5 inches at Manalapan, NJ

18.0 inches at Brick Twp, NJ

14.0 inches at Lacey Twp, NJ


11.4 inches at Stockley, DE

10.8 inches at Dagsboro, DE

10.0 inches at Lewes, DE


6.0 inches at Collingdale, PA

4.6 inches at West Chester, PA

New York:

13.0 inches at Poestenkill, NY

10.5 inches at Poughquag, NY

8.4 inches at Averill Park, NY


14.0 inches at Woodford, VT

9.0 inches at Bromley Village, VT

9.0 inches at Brattleboro, VT


14.0 inches at Otis Wood Lanes, MA

12.0 inches at Sandisfield, MA

10.0 inches at Lenoxdale, MA

10.0 inches at Tyringham, MA


15 inches at Winstead, CT

14.0 inches at Thomaston, CT

13.0 inches at Harwinton, CT

12.0 inches at Torrington, CT

10.5 inches at New Hartford, CT

High Wind Reports


46 mph at Haverhill, FL


49 mph at Fishing Creek, MD

51 mph at New Market, MD

55 mph at Gaithersburg, MD


56 mph at Wintergreen, VA

51 mph at Gainesville, VA


62 mph at Lewes, DE

61 mph at Dewey Beach, DE

New Jersey:

59 mph at Cape May, NJ

57 mph at Lakehurst, NJ

56 mph at Rutgers, NJ

Ice Reports:


0.50 inch at Folkston, GA

South Carolina:

0.25 inch at Georgetown, SC

Here's some snow pics from our users on FaceBook

Submitted by Joseph Petrella

Submitted by De Crowe Delauder

January 5, 2018
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