Baghdad carpeted in white – Only its second snowfall in a century

“Ultra-rare snowfall carpets Baghdad … Iraqis young and old said it was the first time they had ever seen snow falling in Baghdad.”

The last recorded snowfall in the city was in 2008, but it was quick and mostly slushy. Prior to that, it had been a century since Baghdad saw any flakes.

Snow also carpeted the Shiite holy city of Karbala south of Baghdad and the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Annual snowfall is common in the mountainous northern region of Iraq, but very rare in Baghdad.

By midday, the snow had melted in most parts of the city.

7 thoughts on “Baghdad carpeted in white – Only its second snowfall in a century”

  1. Maybe that’s what they were talking about all along! Snow will be a rare thing in Bagdad, so rare in fact people won’t know what it is! It all makes sense now.

  2. So the snow in Baghdad, i have not been able to find any recorded reference to snow falling in Baghdad apart from …

    Friday, January 11, 2008
    First snow in Baghdad in recent history.
    LSA ANACONDA, BAGHDAD, IRAQ – On Friday morning Minnesota National Guard soldiers here woke up to an unexpected taste of home. The first recorded snow fell in central Iraq in recent memory, various news organizations reported that it hasn’t snowed in Baghdad in 60-100 years.

    If it has been ~100 years or more ago then it last snow there, then was during the Little Ice Age.
    It appears the current impact of the solar inactivity is affecting the northern part of the Arab/African areas more than the north European but the BIG impact is in N. America/Canada/Siberia.

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