Galaxy S23 Leak ChatGPT and Bing Father of Big Bang Theory 'The Last of Us' Recap Manage Seasonal Depression Tax Refunds and Identity Theft Siri's Hidden Talents Best Smart Thermostats
Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?
No, thank you

See the sun rise over the 'bomb cyclone' storm from space

A dangerous winter storm system in the US shows off its scenic side in a dramatic NOAA satellite time lapse.

People in the US are seeing white this week as they experience snow flurries and extreme cold from a "bomb cyclone" storm surging across the East Coast. Its appearance from space is quite a bit different. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shared a video on Friday showing a surprisingly majestic sunrise satellite view. 

The time-lapse video shows a darkened view of the Earth that brightens as the sun sweeps across it, highlighting the swirling storm patterns. NOAA's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite provided the imagery.

While the term "bomb cyclone" comes off as very dramatic, NOAA says it's actually less scary than it sounds. It's a catchier version of the weather term "bombogenesis." NOAA's simplified explanation is that bombogenesis happens when a storm intensifies very rapidly over 24 hours.

"More precisely, it's a mid-latitude cyclone that rapidly intensifies, with a central pressure that drops at least 24 millibars over 24 hours (a millibar measures atmospheric pressure)," NOAA notes.

The massive winter storm brought with it lots of snowfall, hurricane-force winds and flooding along the coast. NOAA's satellite will continue to watch over the system from its safe spot in space.