As a “bomb cyclone” brings hurricane-strength winds and blizzard conditions to the Midwest, photos and video have captured the ferocious storm in action.
A GIF posted by the National Weather Service shows the “intense low pressure system” from space as it brings “dangerous weather” to the central region. Lower pressure means a stronger storm, according to the Denver Post.
“Stunning view of the water vapor imagery over the Rockies & Plains this afternoon,” NWS tweeted on Wednesday.
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The image shows air from the mid-levels of the atmosphere as it swirls in with lower air.
The Twin Cities branch of the National Weather Service posted a video that shows the storm as it swept the Great Plains.
At 1:52 p.m., the “surface low” was in western Kansas, according to the tweet. The surface low “is where the pressure has been measured to be the lowest relative to its surroundings,” according to the University of Illinois. “Low pressure centers often represent the centers of midlatitude cyclones.”
Meteorologist Eric Holthaus posted photos on Twitter that captured the blizzard over Colorado while it was “roughly hurricane strength and forming an eye-like cloud-free spot in the middle.”
Another NWS visual posted just a few hours before shows the winter storm as it took shape.
Residents of the region have captured the storm through photo and video while on land. The visuals show blowing snow and near white-out conditions in several states across the region, including Colorado and Nebraska.