Thursday, January 4, 2018

01.04.2018; Bombogenesis, bomb cyclone and a new puffer

What a day! We started the morning opening with a run outside when it started to snow. And snow, and snow. We had a major storm today, a nor'easter, a blizzard, or in other words - a bomb cyclone! The meteorologist have recently been using new terms on the general public. Must be boring to call yet another snowstorm a snowstorm. At the end of the day we had 18 inches of white fluffy flakes and 78 mile and hour wind on the Cape (here we had gusts of 40+ mph so far) and strong winds, hence the term cyclone in the description of today's storm.

In case you have not heard the term "bombogenesis" here is the definition:

Bombogenesis, a popular term used by meteorologists,occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone.

A bomb cyclone, which occurs through the process of bombogenesis, is basically a winter hurricane. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it "occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies," or quickly drops in atmospheric pressure, marking the strengthening of the storm.
So we just are ending now with our winter cyclone or hurricane. I had to shovel a couple of times and will do one more time before I leave for work tomorrow. Took advantage of being at home and took down three of the Christmas trees. One more to go but I am keeping it up for the Feast of the Three Kings. Would have left the others up but decided to take advantage of the free time as it takes forever to put all of the ornaments back.

Then spent a few hours shoveling near the end of the storm. I still have more to do, and tomorrow is to be bitter cold, but eventually I will get it done. Or else there will be another storm and more snow and I'll sort it all out then!

Had ordered Shorty a "puffer" which is an insulated dog vest. He still wants to go outside even in the bitter cold so I am trying to keep him as warm as possible. When I took it out of the package and told him it was his, he came right over and let me dress him. Then he gave me many, many puppy kisses. There is definitely a canine response to kindness and Shorty is very affectionate and demonstrative in showing his joy in receiving something special.

So this morning I dressed all three in their new puffers - Gunnarr got one I originally bought for Shorty but it was too small and Fionn got a new one but it is too big! Sizes do not seem to carry from one brand to another. So the boys wear a sweater under their puffer and Fionn wears too puffers - one from last year that is just a touch small and one from this year that is a touch too big! It all works and now when Shorty wants to go outside I call out come get your sweater and he lets me put the sweater and puffer on him without a fuss! Good boy. Everyone lines up to get dressed. Then off they go, running and playing out in the snow!

Here are a few pictures from today, some taken at the beginning of the snow and a few at the midpoint. Hope you enjoy them!

The boys! Running in the deep snow just outside the door. They look as if they could get lost. Shorty takes the lead and makes the trails for Fionnegan and Gunnarr,



Shorty in his new puffer. He is so proud of his new vest!

Good thing the puffers are bright colors!

Gunnarr was really happy jumping and running the fluffy snow! He is such a gem and very affectionate and protective of me.

The three musketeers playing and jumping on each other. Good brothers. Fionn looks so cute. He has such energy and expressiveness and is a true delight.

Here Shorty takes a brake from wrestling to rolling in the snow. He has adapted to the cold and snow far better than I could have ever imagined. My little Yapese dog!

Momma - where are you? Let us back inside! All three are looking to get inside the warm house. It is still snowing the wind is blowing. And I am trying to get ready to shovel the driveway and sidewalk and porches.

This is what you do when you come inside after running and jumping and playing in the snow. You take a nap!

Shorty likes the guest room and often stands by the gate to indicate that he would like inside. Then he jumps up to sleep on the bed nestling my warm, soft robe.

If you were affected by this storm - bomb cyclone - that hit the East Coast of the USA, I hope you all were safe and warm,

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! Such Beautiful captures of the terrific weather!! Shorty looks amazing!!! <3 <3