Extremely Rare Snowfall over Baghdad Captivates Residents

Clay Curtis
February 13, 2020

These were the details of the news Ultra-rare snowfall carpets Baghdad for second time in century for this day. The last time snow fell in Baghdad was back in 2008, but it was brief and mostly slush. Most have said it's the first time they've ever seen snow falling in the country's capital.

Iraqi capital Baghdad witnessed a rare sight of snowfall on February 11 after almost over a decade.

The traditional palm trees adorning the streets and boulevards were White, and the tents in the Thair square where the anti-government protestants were taking cover were covered in snow as well.

People on their way to work stopped their cars to take pictures or break out into impromptu snowball fights. "The atmosphere is lovely. the people are very happy because this is the first time snow falls in Iraq".

The snowfall surprised the Baghdadis, who, accustomed to the heat, may have taken out of their closets mold- and dust-covered coats.

"Snowfall may continue until Wednesday given the very cold weather", said Amer al-Jaberi, media head of the Iraqi Meteorological Centre.

"I woke up at dawn, and I was surprised to see the snow covering the whole garden and my vehicle, then I woke up my wife and two children who dashed to see the incredible view", Rawad Hassan, 35, told the Xinhua News Agency.

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The highest temperature recorded in the capital was 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit), a record that has been approached several times in recent years.

And while the sight of snow in Baghdad is considered a rare phenomenon, northern Iraq actually receives snow every winter, especially in the mountainous areas.

Iraq has actually been struck by a succession of extreme weather condition events over the last couple of years.

In 2018, chronic water shortages sparked a health crisis in the centre and south but the following year, heavy rains caused deadly flooding and heavy damage to homes and crops.

Blistering temperature level levels then struck the north triggering wildfires and scorching crops.

Experts say Iraq lacks the funds or infrastructure to deal with climate change and desertification of land that was once productive.

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