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Here's a pretty stunning image of the storm that swept across the northern half of the U.S. this week:

"Meteorologists get excited about the storm because it set a record for the lowest pressure (not associated with a hurricane) measured over land in the continental United States. At 5:13 p.m. CDT, the weather station in Bigfork, Minnesota recorded 955.2 millibars (28.21 inches of pressure). Pressure is one indicator of a storm’s strength, and this measurement corresponds to the pressure seen in a Category 3 hurricane."

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  1. A cyclone is the same thing as a Hurricane. The only difference is one occurs in the Pacific, the other in the Atlantic.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Oct 28, 2010 7:00:15 PM

  2. According to NOAA, if you follow the link, they're calling this an extratropical cyclone, so apparently Rodney Wollam is not altogether correct.

    Posted by: Dubie | Oct 28, 2010 7:12:33 PM

  3. While an extratropical hurricane may be a type of hurricane/ cyclone, I still say hurricanes and cyclones are the same thing. And I'd be right.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Oct 28, 2010 7:25:00 PM

  4. No, cyclones are straight and hurricanes are gay. Or is it the other way around?

    Posted by: Howzit Oriented? | Oct 28, 2010 8:51:16 PM

  5. Just as long as we're clear that there is no evidence of climate change going on here. That global warming hoo-hah is a bunch of... um... hoo-hah. Isn't it? Um... Never mind.
    [And yes, that was sarcasm.]

    Posted by: MajorTom | Oct 28, 2010 9:45:49 PM

  6. We've sent so many jobs to India and Southeast Asia that they thought they'd reciprocate by sending us one of their huge storms.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 28, 2010 9:52:24 PM

  7. So here's the start of the superstorms of the future?

    Posted by: DavidW | Oct 28, 2010 10:54:30 PM

  8. I live in South Dakota and the wind from this thing was insane. Gusts in some areas up to 60 and blizzard warnings in North Dakota. Luckily it got rid of some of the political yard signs.

    Posted by: Marty | Oct 28, 2010 11:27:38 PM

  9. This is only the beginning, folks.

    Posted by: Double N | Oct 28, 2010 11:40:20 PM

  10. I love the way American media has to convert everything from SI units back to Imperial. So quaint. Especially decimalised imperial units - shouldn't that be 28 & 21/100ths of an inch for consistency?

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Oct 29, 2010 2:20:30 AM

  11. life imitates art, weather imitates crapy end-of-the-world movie graphics a la The Day After Tomorrow. seriously, this looks just like the swirling blizzards featured in that shitty movie. i guess just because you can't develop an interesting plot, believable dialogue or likable characters doesn't mean the basic premise isn't dead on. how is there still room in intelligent debate for denying the existence of man-made global climate change?

    Posted by: nickbilz | Oct 29, 2010 12:45:40 PM

  12. Reminds of that film, "Day After Tomorrow". Scary.

    Posted by: mike | Oct 29, 2010 3:00:50 PM

  13. Man, we done pissed of the planet and she's gonna fuck us up, good, whether we like it or not. Wow -- it's not nice to mess with Mother Nature.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Oct 29, 2010 6:15:02 PM

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