America experienced some troubling weather conditions this month. Such conditions brought dangerous winds, very low temperatures, heavy amounts of snow and ice, and even freezing rain to much of the Eastern states. These conditions varied state to state with some having worse weather than others.
The root of all of this bad weather was what is known as a “bomb cyclone.” A bomb cyclone is heavier and much stronger than just any winter blizzard. According to Scientific American, “A fall in pressure of at least 24 millibars in 24 hours [is needed] to qualify as a bomb cyclone.”
Many Americans were alarmed when they heard this storm was going to hit because of the gravity of the weather. “The biggest concern is very strong winds gusting as much as 60 miles per hour along much of the east coast,” Scientific American cautioned in the days leading up to the storm. There were many reports of power outages in the Eastern states as a result of the heavy wind that followed.
Wind chills took heavy effect in areas such as New York and New England making it dangerous to drive on the icy roads. These heavy amounts of ice in other areas forced local state governments to start taking action before the weather came. Fox 5 reported that state governments such as Maryland and Virginia began to worry about the weather conditions and declared a state of emergency before the storm hit.
This weather, however, was not as harsh in Maryland as it was in other areas of the East coast. Freezing rain and icy roads were dangerous in Maryland and the snowfall was no higher than six inches. Boys’ Latin students actually got one day off from school as well as two late starts because of the weather.
Students from Boys’ Latin live in different areas of Maryland and Pennsylvania, but overall the weather was not too severe. T’khai Hogan from Overlea, MD said,“There was only about an inch of snow where I live with a little bit of ice, so nothing too bad.”
Others noticed a change in temperature that affected the icy roads. Evan Fields from Baltimore, MD said, “The temperature rose for a while, then dropped very low again where I live.” Jack Levine from Cockeysville, MD, said there was really no snow or ice on the roads at all.
While this storm was dangerous to other areas, Boys’ Latin students kept safe and indoors during the weather. “It was nice to have a day off to keep safe,” said Mr. Steven Roche. Many did not try to commute at all during the storm and just enjoyed their day at home.