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12/16/2013

Rare Winter Storm Strikes Middle East!

I shared these photos of a snow covered Cairo Egypt to my Facebook page on Friday.

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Apparently, Israel was hardest hit by the storm with over 3 feet of snow in the northern city Safed!  Keep in mind, that this is a desert region, that doesn't usually see much precipitation at all, let alone heavy snowfall! 

Jerusalem was buried by around a foot and a half of snow and the city was completely shut down by the storm with thousands of rescues and tens of thousands without power. 

This satellite image of the aftermath of the storm was released today by NASA.

MiddleEast_tmo_2013349NASA Satellite Image Aquired December 15, 2013  Click here for full resolution image

A rare winter storm dropped snow across much of the Middle East between December 10 and 13, 2013. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of the snow on December 15 after the clouds cleared. For the most part, the snow is confined to higher elevations in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the West Bank, and Jordan. Some lower-elevation desert regions in Syria are also snowy.

Snow storms in the Middle East are not frequent but not uncommon either. However, this one was unusually early in the winter and more intense than normal. The storm paralyzed Jerusalem with 30 to 50 centimeters (12 to 20 inches) of snow, knocking out power for roughly 15,000 households. The snow closed mountain roads leading into the city, effectively cutting Jerusalem off. Amman, Jordan, received about 45 cm (18 inches) of snow, and Lebanon and Syria also were unusually cold and snowy.

Lower elevations near the coast received torrential rain during the storm, resulting in flooding. Some 40,000 people were forced to evacuate flooded areas in Gaza, according to the Associated Press. The floods are not visible at this scale, but tan and green plumes of sediment are visible along the Mediterranean Sea coast. Such plumes can be caused by floods and run off, though stormy, turbid waters may also bring sediment to the surface.

Image and Information Courtesy NASA

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Wow, snow in Cairo!!, pure camels :( ,for more Satellite Images visit - http://www.imagesatintl.com/

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