Meteorological “bomb” clocking 80 mph winds, wave maker for South Florida

An impressive low pressure system barreling off the east coast is clocking 80 mph winds with a central pressure of 979 mb.

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The pressure meets the definition of a meteorological “bomb” after dropping 24 millibars in 24 hours. More technically speaking, it’s explosive cyclogenesis, the rapid deepening in pressure in a extratropical cyclonic low pressure area.

The storm missed most of the northeast coast and New England. What it means for South Florida is an increasing chance of rip currents through the weekend and into early next week as the powerful winds push waves south.

According to the National Weather Service in Miami, Palm Beach County is especially vulnerable to big waves and rips from this storm because the angle is of it is sneaking past the Bahamas.

The winds won’t be cooperating as much for the surfer like the they did with last month’s monster swell. They’re expected to turn north tonight and then east. But still a likely wave maker for South Florida.


The pressure has dropped to 979 since this map was issued.

See the waves whipped up by a similar system last month below.

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