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Bombogenesis: Storm Could Be Bombing Out In Bergenfield

Could Winter Storm Stella undergo bombogenesis?
Could Winter Storm Stella undergo bombogenesis? Photo Credit: The Weather Channel

Have you heard of the term "bombogenesis?" Neither have we, but some forecasters are saying Winter Storm Stella could be bombing out in Bergen and Passaic counties.

The "ominous-sounding" term is often used in the winter to describe powerful low-pressure systems that intensify rapidly, weather.com reports.

More simply put, it's a storm that intensifies rapidly as its center moves out over the ocean.

To be classified as a "bomb-out," the central pressure of a low-pressure system must drop at least 24 millibars within 24 hours, according to weather.com.

The central pressure Monday was 1003 millibars but as of 5 a.m. Tuesday had dropped to 992 — and it's only continuing to drop.

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