While we’re used to it here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, other parts of the world are not. We’re talking snow, ice, and cold temperatures of course! Thursday into Friday, a wintry mess blanketed parts of the Middle East. Parts of Palestine, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey were walloped with once-in-a-lifetime snows. Parts of Israel picked up over 12 inches snow, with some locations closing in on 2 feet!
While most of us probably picture the Middle East as an arid, desert landscape with hot temperatures, snow isn’t necessarily uncommon in the wintertime. There are some locations that see a little snow every winter. But the magnitude of snow from this Thursday and Friday was extremely rare. The city of Jerusalem recorded its first major snowfall in over 50 years!
Check out some pictures and a few news stories by clicking on the links below:
This post was written by Joe Astolfi on December 13, 2013