A large and rapidly intensifying storm struck northern Ireland and the UK on Thursday. Plastering some areas with snow and bringing widespread wind gusts approaching or exceeding hurricane force. The storm Doris named by the UK Met Office, crossed Ireland as it intensified, before pinwheeling between Scotland and England. According to the Met Office, the storm underwent bombogenesis, which occurs when the central pressure in a storm plummets by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.
satellite loop (SEVIRI RGB Airmass) highlighting intense storm force low lashing Ireland, the UK, and now pushing into the North Sea pic.twitter.com/BjZVOubp0K
— NWS OPC (@NWSOPC) February 23, 2017
This is a sign of a strengthening storm system. Since in general, lower air pressure readings correspond to stronger storms with higher winds, heavier precipitation and greater potential to inflict damage.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 23, 2017