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January 26, 1978: The Cleveland Superbomb

Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes called it "a killer blizzard looking for victims." Meteorologists would eventually call it the "Cleveland Superbomb"-a powerful winter storm that swept across Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, western Pennsylvania, and southeast Wisconsin in late January 1978. The storm's name-itself menacing-refers to what's known in meteorology circles as a "bomb" cyclone: an area of low pressure in which the central pressure falls at an average rate of one millibar (mb) per hour for at least 24 hours.

Contributing Editor SEAN POTTER is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.

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