By Tyler Parker
On Wednesday, January 3, a huge and powerful snowstorm began to batter the east coast with record breaking cold, feet of snow, and wind chills below 0. It hit land at Florida and traveled up the coast, dropping feet of snow in the surrounding area. Southeast Georgia, a place that rarely receives snow, was hit with almost half a foot in some places. This wasn’t just a normal storm it was something called a “bomb cyclone.”
Bomb cyclones are storms that undergo a process called “bombogenesis.” This is when a cyclonic storm rapidly intensifies, causing high winds, freezing temperatures, and huge amounts of precipitation. When the storm hit North Carolina, Greenville was in a prime position to receive heavy snow almost all night. On the following morning, many woke up to five inches of snow and no school for the rest of the week. The temperature following the storm generally stayed in the 20s, causing the snow to stay frozen and several pipes to burst in homes and businesses.
One such pipe was in Christ Covenant School. During the fourth period of the day on Wednesday, January 3, students were treated to a cold surprise as the fire alarm began to sound. While at first many thought it was a drill, students and teachers soon realized that a sprinkler pipe had burst inside the entryway, causing minor flooding of the atrium. Fire trucks were quickly on the scene, for the third time this year, and the water was stopped and cleaned up shortly after.
The bomb cyclone that slammed the east coast caused huge damage in many places it hit. Twenty-six people died due to the incredibly cold temperatures and thousands of dollars of property damage were caused in Greenville alone. This storm is one that the east coast will not soon forget.