Historic, rare snow fall across the Middle East

A weather oddity! It is reportedly the first time in over a century that snow fell in Cairo where it hardly even RAINS!

Snow closes roads in Israel, is a source of wonder in Egypt – latimes.com.

Nearly three feet of snow closed roads in and out of Jerusalem, which is set in high hills, and thousands in and around the city were left without power. Israeli soldiers and police rescued hundreds trapped in their cars by snow and ice. In the West Bank, the branches of olive trees groaned under the weight of snow.

In Cairo, where local news reports said the last recorded snowfall was more than 100 years ago, children in outlying districts capered in white-covered streets, and adults marveled at the sight, tweeting pictures of snow-dusted parks and squares. In other parts of the city, rain and hail rocketed down.

On social media, some joked that the snowfall was the mystical work of Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, the military strongman who is the focus of something of a cult of personality among his followers. Sisi led the coup five months ago against the highly unpopular but democratically elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.

Snow in Cairo from @AmrElGabry on Twitter

Snow in Cairo from @AmrElGabry on Twitter

Thousands of refugees were left out in the cold in Lebanon from the storm. According to reports, the expected temperatures are back into the non-freezing, more seasonal range in the next few days in Cairo.

Please note that the icy blast over North America and this unusual cold and wintery precipitation does not mean that global warming is not happening. Weather is not climate and the climate is still warming. So, don’t even mention it in the comments.

Biblical snowstorm: Rare flakes in Cairo, Jerusalem paralyzed by over a foot.

Addition: But beware that some of these photos are not as they are described. Snow-Covered Sphinx.

  2 comments for “Historic, rare snow fall across the Middle East

  1. Peter Robinson
    December 14, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    It may not have any bearing on the global warming issue, but you can bet some will ascribe some religious meaning, unfortunately!

  2. December 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Heard today that Syrian refugees are really being hit hard by the cold and snow. Inadequate shelter, food shortages, poor medical care.

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