‘Apocalyptic’ SNOWSTORM blasts Middle East

“Freak weather terrifies Arab countries.” This is from the Express, which also called the 4 inches of snow a “blizzard,” so you may want to take it with a grain of salt. (See the more measured description at the end of this article.)

4 Feb 2017 –  “The UAE was one of a number of Middle Eastern countries to bare (sic) the brunt of a freak weather phenomenon yesterday,” says the Express.

“A shock snowstorm blasted through the Arab country, usually known for its blistering heat, scorched deserts and year-round sunshine.

“The blizzard covered parts of the country with up to 10 centimetres  (4 inches) of snow, according to the local Met Office.

“Police warned people against going outside, although the rarity of the occassion (sic) saw many flock to the snow-covered landscapes.

“Social media users tweeted their delight at the weather and snapped their own snowmen.

“Some users described the weather as “apocalyptic” while others remarked that the “final hour was approaching”.

More measured description

A different website, middleeasteye.net/, describes the “blizzard” in more subdued terms.

Middleeasteye argrees that there was indeed “rare snowfall on Jebel Jais, a mountain in Ras al-Khaimah emirate.”

“The mercury fell to minus -2C, with the light snow serving as a magnet for hundreds of Emiratis snapping pictures with smartphones to post on social media sites.”

“The met office said there was a depth of 10cm centimetres of snow in some places on the 2,000m mountain. (That’s more than a mile high, so “rare” snow might not be all that surprising. In fact,  according to russia times, Jebel Jais experienced a lighter snowfall in December 2004.)

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uae-snow-alert-heavy-storm-blankets-mountain-1237934797

The Express also talks of “rare lightning strikes, sandstorms, rough seas and high winds of up to 90km an hour.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/763080/SNOWSTORM-Middle-East-freak-weather-Arab

Thanks to Stephen Bird and Gareth Gadd for these links

“Get used to it,” says Stephen.


14 thoughts on “‘Apocalyptic’ SNOWSTORM blasts Middle East”

  1. Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data

    The Mail on Sunday can reveal a landmark paper exaggerated global warming
    It was rushed through and timed to influence the Paris agreement on climate change
    America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broke its own rules
    The report claimed the pause in global warming never existed, but it was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4192182/World-leaders-duped-manipulated-global-warming-data.html

  2. In west-EU people are supposed to live in a holliday mood not in reality. Sometimes it is an item in weather news but not the consequences: food supply.

  3. Quote:
    “Freak weather terrifies Arab countries.” This is from the Express, which also called the 4 inches of snow a “blizzard,” so you may want to take it with a grain of salt. (See the more measured description at the end of this article.)
    Comment:
    To Arab countries, which normally enjoys night time winter temperatures at low levels, between -1C and 10C with rain rather than snow, a snow storm with -5C of several hours of horizontal snow fall being blown at 30+ MPH is a blizzard in my, and I would suggest most European and Middle East readers understanding.
    There is no definition for a Blizzard to have a minimum depth of snow fall, only drifting snow at ground level, and a gale to carry it.
    At least the Express and the Mail are reporting real climate events, the Gullible Warmist Guardian has ignored the significant and very harsh winter affecting most of Central Europe, the region around the Black Sea to the Aral Sea and major parts of the Middle East. Even the BBC has mention some of the European cold problems in passing, and then moved back to its never ending Warmist view point. I would suggest as well, that when this winter finally thaws, the Dead Sea and the Aral Sea and Caspian Seas will get a significant refresh of fresh water from the melting snow pack.
    What we should also remember is at the start of this Interglacial the Sahara region of Africa, the Saudi Peninsular and Iraq, Iran and the Hindu Kush region was forested and green with the entire region populated with large game now only seen in Africa, plus the late Ice Age megafauna which has since died out.
    All Due to Solar induced warming and significant changes to the direction and flow of the Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream. What goes up, pauses and then falls is temperatures over 20K year time scales, we are rapidly approaching the end of the 20K year period.

  4. Our Planet could be entering into the Snowball Earth mode. I had a few closed eyed visions of Snowball Earth. This cold mode could wipe out the humanity. Tell your loved ones that you love them so much. Earth do not like to see us to continuing to polluting it so it already made its decision to activate the snowball mode in the future in order to kill all of us in the self defense mode.

  5. I think it might take more than a snow fall in the middle east to change the hearts and minds of its inhabitants. Never the less the extra water is a good thing.

  6. Actually I am rather more sympathetic with the problem of totally unexpected weather. If you live in a place that almost or never gets snow or ice… it can be terrifying, even dealing with “just” 4 inches of snow. And even people who have dealt with it before can make big mistakes.

    I grew up in New England (MA) where it snows every winter for months, but the first time we got a snow storm where I live now (VA) I made a very bad mistake. There was light snow piling up slightly on my doorstep (maybe an inch) but the wind was blowing hard. I was afraid there’d be some drifting so I stepped outside with a broom to clear it off… wearing just a short sleeve T-shirt, jeans and sneakers. I did not have my keys with me or my cell phone. A strong gust of wind hit and slammed the door shut on me and the door froze and I could not open it. I live way about 6 miles from town and although my landlord and some neighbors also live on the farm… the driveway and ground was very slippery.

    I was lucky that day, the landlord was on the property and drove by, saw me and got me safely in the house…. otherwise, I could have either frozen or very likely slipped and hurt myself trying to get help. Who’d have thought an inch of snow could be dangerous? not me.

    The thing is, most likely people have no way to remove snow or ice from roads or roofs, may not have any way to heat their homes, and may not have any warm clothes including coats.

  7. BOMBSHELL – NOAA whistleblower says Karl et al. “pausebuster” paper was hyped, broke procedures
    Anthony Watts / 13 hours ago February 4, 2017

    They played fast and loose with the figures -NOAA whistleblower
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/02/04/bombshell-noaa-whistleblower-says-karl-et-al-pausebuster-paper-was-hyped-broke-procedures/

    The Mail on Sunday today reveals astonishing evidence that the organisation that is the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.

    A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

    The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.

    But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.

    It was never subjected to NOAA’s rigorous internal evaluation process – which Dr Bates devised.

    His vehement objections to the publication of the faulty data were overridden by his NOAA superiors in what he describes as a ‘blatant attempt to intensify the impact’ of what became known as the Pausebuster paper.

    His disclosures are likely to stiffen President Trump’s determination to enact his pledges to reverse his predecessor’s ‘green’ policies, and to withdraw from the Paris deal – so triggering an intense political row.
    In an exclusive interview, Dr Bates accused the lead author of the paper, Thomas Karl, who was until last year director of the NOAA section that produces climate data – the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) – of ‘insisting on decisions and scientific choices that maximised warming and minimised documentation… in an effort to discredit the notion of a global warming pause, rushed so that he could time publication to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy’.
    Dr Bates was one of two Principal Scientists at NCEI, based in Asheville, North Carolina.
    A blatant attempt to intensify paper’s impact

    Official delegations from America, Britain and the EU were strongly influenced by the flawed NOAA study as they hammered out the Paris Agreement – and committed advanced nations to sweeping reductions in their use of fossil fuel and to spending £80 billion every year on new, climate-related aid projects.
    The scandal has disturbing echoes of the ‘Climategate’ affair which broke shortly before the UN climate summit in 2009, when the leak of thousands of emails between climate scientists suggested they had manipulated and hidden data. Some were British experts at the influential Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.
    Extraction:

    https://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/pausebuster-dataset.jpg

    Comment:

    If this isnt fraud in public office by senior NOAA staff, I dont know what is.

  8. Dozens killed as heavy snow hits Afghanistan and Pakistan

    Afghan youth shovel snow from the roof of houses in Kabul, Afghanistan February 5, 2017.
    REUTERS/OMAR SOBHANI

    An internally displaced Afghan girl stands at the door of her shelter during a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan February 5, 2017.
    REUTERS/MOHAMMAD ISMAIL
    (Reuters) – Dozens of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan were killed after heavy snow and avalanches hit over the weekend.

    In eastern Afghanistan, at least 50 people died and dozens more were missing on Sunday after an avalanche buried a village in Nuristan, provincial governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum said.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN15K081

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