Stars and Stripes stripes.com 31 Dec, 2020 21:30 am

Bomb cyclone in northern Pacific Ocean to challenge all-time records

Bomb cyclone in northern Pacific Ocean to challenge all-time records
A powerhouse storm explosively intensifying in the northern Pacific could rank as the strongest nontropical cyclone observed in that ocean basin.

" Halverson continued: "The juxtaposition of warm and cold air is also what powers the polar jet stream — and indeed, maritime cyclones and the jet stream are inextricably linked — the one feeding back upon, and enhancing, the other." Indeed, the European model forecasts the jet stream transiting the Pacific to reach astonishing speeds of 230 mph (200 knots) at an altitude of 30,000 feet Thursday into Friday.This rip-roaring jet stream is likely to carry weather disturbances into the Pacific Northwest and even California over the next week.With the jet stream bombarding the West Coast and drawing in Pacific air, the eastern United States is expected to be generally mild next week as the flow of Arctic air into the Lower 48 is cut off.

On Thursday morning, the National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Center confirmed that the storm is already generating 110 mph winds.The Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Center, which analyzed the storm at 921 mb, stated it ranks as "one of the strongest storms to ever impact the North Pacific.

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