Blizzard warnings in the US have caused for the cancelation of some transatlantic flights today.
Irish airline Aer Lingus has canceled its flights between Ireland and Boston today as a result of the adverse and extreme weather conditions promised by the Bomb Cyclone hitting the US.
With snow even falling in Florida, there have been thousands of flights cancelations and delays in both regional and major US airports as high snowfall and strong winds blanket the northeast. As far south as South Carolina had issued winter storm warnings on Wednesday night, although most of the southern states should see a let up in the snow by early Thursday.
Boston can expect as much as 14 inches of snow, however, causing Aer Lingus to cancel all flights at Logan International Airport to and from Ireland today.
This morning's #GOESEast view of the powerful #BombCyclone as it batters the East Coast with heavy snow and strong winds. #noreaster #blizzard2018. More satellite imagery: https://t.co/mbgRYot60A pic.twitter.com/qblv8x5QcM— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 4, 2018
The flights affected are:
- EI 135 Shannon to Boston
- EI 134 Boston to Shannon
- EI 137 Dublin to Boston
- EI 136 Boston to Dublin
“We currently plan to operate all other flights to and from North America, however, any guests planning to travel to/from New York or Newark today may postpone their travel for up to seven days, free-of-charge, if they wish to do so,” the airline added.
“Guests who wish to re-book to another day of travel (up to and including 11 January) may do so by using the ‘manage trip’ section of our website.
Well the last flakes are falling and we are up to just over 5” here at the office. As daylight ends, thanks to everyone who has sent in reports so far. It’s been fun. Now everyone stay safe and warm! #scwx #gawx ❄️☃️🔥 pic.twitter.com/1lKDLru2Il— NWS Charleston, SC (@NWSCharlestonSC) January 3, 2018
“We will update guests via our website, SMS messaging and our social media channels should the situation change.
“We advise guests planning to travel on Aer Lingus flights to or from the northeast of the United States today to please check the status of their flight before departing for the airport.
“We apologise sincerely for this schedule disruption which is due to circumstances beyond our control.”
This storm is now, officially, a #BombCyclone.— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 4, 2018
Its central pressure has dropped 29mb in the past 16 hours, beating the 24mb/24hrs requirement.
It gets better: In the next 8hrs, it'll drop another 23mb.
52mb in 24hrs. One of the fastest intensifying cyclones ever measured. pic.twitter.com/Bug2gkXv6z
The states affected by today’s Bomb Cyclone include the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland; coastal New Jersey; eastern Long Island, New York; and coastal eastern New England.
“Bombogenesis, a popular term used by meteorologists, occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours,” explained the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US.
“A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone.”
The severe winter storm and recent cold snap in Eastern North America has already claimed eleven lives, with the US currently on its 11th day of record-breaking frigid temperatures.
Most North-eastern cities are awaking to blizzards on Thursday morning with New York City expected to receive up to a foot of snow.
In Ireland, the strong winds following Storm Eleanor are also still causing several cancelations. A morning Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Cork had to be diverted to Dublin after weather conditions prevented it from landing. The returning flight to Liverpool was also canceled.
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