In January of 2008 snow fell in Saudi Arabia and the US media ignored it. Link Well, it’s happened again and this time it snowed in the middle of May! Two years in a row, and now in spring, in the desert. Watt’s Up With That? has the story.
From the Saudi Gazette
In one of the rare occasions, Saudis enjoy the snowfall in Al-Baha city south-west of Riyadh, Tuesday. Torrential rains pouring down on Al-Baha accompanied by gusty winds were accompanied by snow capping the mountains and covering the valley areas and the forests of Al-Zaraeb and Khayrah.
The last report we had like this in mid January said that the snow and cold was the “worst in 30 years“. In January, snow isn’t unexpected in Saudi Arabia, it has happened before. But in May?
While the report says “snow”, the possibility exists that it could also be small hail from thunderstorms.
Looks like it is warming up fast though. The forecast calls for 93 degrees. Just remember, weather is not climate.
It does look like hail, but what the hail, it’s white and very cold.