What Are They Thinking?

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  1. Jenn Windey

    Jenn Windey Active Member
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    Yesterday I found something that made me say what!? While checking on information on this new storm Iola that will be traveling up the east coast the weather channel introduced yet another new word- "Bombogenesis" now one of my rather strange quirks is weather. I am totally addicted to weather and watch it just to watch it. Bizarre I know, I can watch the local radar forever. So I just had to know what in the world is bombogenesis. Well I have come to the conclusion that like the term artic vortex, this is another term someone just made up, because dropping pressure of 24 millibars in 24 hours was just to much to say. What's with making up new words? Isn't the actual scientific phrase sensational enough?
     
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    They used that word earlier last fall when that first arctic blast cme down from Alaska. That was the first time that I had heard the term used, too. It seems like a weird word to me, and plain old artcic blast works just as well, as far as I am concerned.
    This one is supposed to come up the East Coast ? Most of the really cold ones usually come out of Alaska, or at least northern Canada, and then down through the Dakotas, and then east.
    I am in Alabama, and sometimes we even get the cold down here. The last one we were down to zero at night. Where are you located, and is the storm supposed to hit you, too ? ?
     
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  3. Jenn Windey

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    I am in New York Yvonne, it looks like this storm may brush us just a bit which is fine with me. We are to far inland for it to be a problem, people on the coast though might have a bit of a rough go. I am clear on the other side of the state near the Canadian border. I certainly would not want to be in Boston, Vermont or Maine, they will be in the windy center sometime this weekend.

    As far as I am concerned I already had enough snow this year. First storm dumped seven feet on us. Overall we had below zero wind chill every night for almost two weeks now. Today you could really feel it, your hands and face start hurting in just minutes. I keep telling myself less then forty five days to go. Closer we get to St Patrick's Day the less snow is an issue.
     
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    II posted a weather link that I think you will like, too. It is in the weather thread under news.
    Here it is again; so you can check it out easier.

     
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    Cyclogenisis explosiva is what they call it here in Spain. Kind of an melodramatic name for a big storm. Oh well, I guess saying "big storm" is not as alarm raising as "bombogenesis", sounds like a $20 word for a $4 disturbance....ha!

    peace,
    revel.
     
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    Bombogenesis! Now there's a word to conjure with. Haven't seen that one... yet. It's brilliant. I bet the pharmaceutical marketers wish they'd thought of it first. I can see it now. "Here it is! The ultimate anti-aging cream! Scientifically researched to instantly regenerate those tired old cells by the process of ..... Bombogenesis! Create a whole new you!"

    siiiiigh. what a pity Meteorology got it first. What a waste.:(
     
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    They like to limit their number of phrases to sound smarter. Sure, it's not scientific, but they are trying to make their jobs that much more easier that they need to drop 8 words to a 2 term phrase. It's apparently so that they can sound "cool".
     
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    Weather bomb: The new exotic language for the weather
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30442509
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    Where did the phrase "weather bomb" come from?
    All it took was one big storm and some very low pressure over the Atlantic for the phrase to explode into national usage.
    BBC Newsnight's Stephen Smith has been looking into why weather forecasts have changed in favour of using these new sexier terms.
     
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