Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Record "Bomb" Storm System

A new record set today on Tuesday for the lowest pressure in a non-tropical storm in the mainland U.S.

The massive storm system barreling across the central U.S. had a minimum central pressure of 28.24" or 956 mb (equivalent to the minimum pressure of a Category 3 hurricane).

This breaks the old record of 28.28" (958 mb), set on ...Jan. 26, 1978, during the Blizzard of 1978 (aka the Cleveland Sueprbomb).

This is also lower than the March 1993 Superstrom (aka "The Storm of the Century"), or the "Witch of November" storm that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, or even the Columbus Day Storm of Oct. 1962.

New low pressure readings were also set for the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The storm generated hurricane force wind gusts from Colorado to Michigan - tipping over semis, downing power lines and making it almost miserable to be outside.

In North Dakota, the winds whipped around snow - making blizzard conditions exist nearly statewide.

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