Meteorologists and weather reporters are running out of adjectives to describe the blizzard that is set to hit the East Coast this weekend.
From their tweets (see below), I gather this "incredible" "blockbuster" storm is going to "absolutely crush" with "bonkers" snowfall gradients that could dump so much "flaky white doom" you should "think of your roofs."
Or as meteorologist Eric Holthaus, writing in Slate, puts it: "Only religious texts can adequately describe the top-end snowfall scenarios that some weather models are insisting."
Maybe it's just the sheer awe of it: Isn't it amazing to witness the full-bore power of ALMIGHTY WINTER? Or maybe these forecasters are trying to figure out how to get people to take this storm seriously.
Whatever it is, weather watchers are getting creative in their apocalyptic descriptions. (Not that the warnings are unwarranted: Nearly the entire mid-Atlantic is under either a blizzard watch or warning. Stay safe this weekend!)
GFS 00z dumps 30-36" wind driven snow with blockbuster blizzard for the ages this weekend. Crippling impacts pic.twitter.com/7oAay0vXMz— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) January 19, 2016
New GFS model coming in right now absolutely crushes DC. Historic, mind-boggling snow amounts simulated. Today is day to prep.— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) January 21, 2016
NEW 12z GFS (American model) brings #snowhammer again to #DC with 24-27". pic.twitter.com/5ck93bBWMB— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) January 21, 2016
GFS has a bonkers north-south snow gradient which shows bust potential for NNJ pic.twitter.com/w605n0APQi— Stephen Stirling (@SStirling) January 21, 2016
BIGGEST challenge ahead is where the Deformation zone will set up...75 mile shift either direction IS HUGE pic.twitter.com/siSiRz8qeX— Mike Masco (@MikeMasco) January 21, 2016
For every 100 sq ft of roof, 1" QPF weighs approx 520 pounds. Some places expected to see > 4" Think of your roof. pic.twitter.com/irelMhKxjb— Ryan Duff (@ryancduff) January 20, 2016
Tight packing off the mouth of the Bay. The ideal position for flaky white doom in the DC-Balt area https://t.co/mqFAcTAXU8— TerpWeather (@TerpWeather) January 21, 2016
The consistency of the #DC bullseye has been astounding. Run after run. Tonight's GEFS. 2 feet or bust. pic.twitter.com/KfiYRnVS2W— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) January 21, 2016
Really. If you need to be anywhere on Friday, get there before 2pm. And stay there. I expect things to go downhill fast after dark— TerpWeather (@TerpWeather) January 21, 2016
File to not good https://t.co/QEzzY4dBh9 Blizzard watch in effect for NYC and Long Island Saturday AM thru Sunday PM pic.twitter.com/OYfaOAKl64— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) January 21, 2016
not good at all. tbh, heart is starting to race a bit over here. this is terrifying context: https://t.co/e4OWK2KbYL https://t.co/TaGsYfsjv4— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 21, 2016
"Now I am become NAM, the destroyer of worlds." pic.twitter.com/ghIJJ7DdCq— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 21, 2016