In March, the Midwest was hit by a bomb cyclone. Most non-meteorologists were confused by this new concept. A bomb cyclone is a cyclone that underwent bombogenesis, or the dropping of 24 millibars of pressure in 24 hours.
In lay terms, it is a winter storm the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane. The storm rocked areas like Denver and Chicago with severe blizzards and record freezing temperatures.
Weather can be amazing in its rarity and variety. From waterspouts to ice storms, there are hundreds of different ways changes in the climate can manifest themselves. While some of these are benign, others can bring severe damage and even the loss of life, necessitating both respect and awe of the power of nature.
Stacker has looked at the weather phenomena that have been reported or observed over the years and has came up with a list of 15 of the wildest and most bizarre phenomena in the world. While this list is created for entertainment purposes, it is also the hope of Stacker to convey what you should do if you are caught in a dangerous weather situation.
While every weather situation is different, there are guidelines that one can practice to minimize injury. These include:
- Finding shelter, if available;
- Having a disaster plan ready—including a first aid kit—that you practiced with your loved ones;
- Avoiding windows or any areas where broken glass and other debris may be a concern;
- Carrying a charged cell phone with you at all times in case you may need to call for help;
- Following the directions of any safety officer or disaster relief coordinator;
- Evacuating the area when ordered or when the situation demands it; and
- Staying calm and objectively thinking through the problem and finding the best possible solution.
The difference in surviving a disaster and becoming a statistic may be a matter of seconds. Being prepared could be your best defense against the unexpected.
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