I’ll be honest, when I heard the term “bomb cyclone” used to describe the latest extreme weather event to hit the East Coast, I was intimidated. It appears that was the intention.
The term “bomb” was first published in 1980 report by the Department of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The authors of the report were studying cyclones over the North Atlantic, trying to understand the increase in frequency, and ferocity, of the events. It was logical given their explosive nature that they landed on the descriptor “bomb.”