Sunday, 4 December 2016

Climate chos - Saudi Arabia

Desert of Riyadh is flooded and looks like a sea in Saudi Arabia

Heavy rainfall has transformed the desert north of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, into what resembles a small sea, with only one road rising above the vast expanse of water.

Anomalous weather in Saudi Arabia killed at least 7 within the last two days.

After the anomalous snow that covered deserts in Saudi Arabia one week ago, now, the Riyadh desert is flooded and looks like a huge sea.

If you don't believe me, watch this unbelievable video by Mohammad Al-Taweel which shows the flood waters stretching out for miles:

And now look at the sandy water rushing down the desert:

Meanwhile, at least seven people died and many others were injured or trapped by heavy rain and floods that swept various regions of Saudi Arabia.

The dead included three young Saudi men in Bisha, two others in Baha and two expatriates who were struck by a thunderbolt in Qunfudah.
Torrential floods also destroyed a number of houses, blocked roads and overturned vehicles. The rain and floods in the last few days uncovered the ineffective drainage systems in many parts of the country.

The two expatriates were killed by a thunderbolt, which also injured two of their companions in Qunfudah governorate in Makkah province. Civil Defense teams rushed the victims to hospital.

The rain inundated various parts of Qunfudah governorate and washed away large sections of the International Road linking Jeddah and Jazan.

Heavy rain lashed Bisha for more than three hours. Three people were killed and two others injured in a traffic accident in the city.
The rain flooded Wadi Houran, in the southwest of the governorate, causing cracks in the road leading to Arar in the north of the Kingdom. The rain also caused a number of cars to overturn or skid off roads.

The traffic department warned citizens and expatriates against going out during heavy rain. Police said a number of traffic accidents took place in the region but there were no deaths or serious injuries.
In Mahayil Asir, students of an elementary school were trapped for three hours in Wadi Mumadad. Their school suspended classes. Many other schools in the region did the same after receiving warnings of heavy rain from the Presidency of Meteorology and Environmental Protection.

Asir Civil Defense spokesman Col. Mohammed Al-Asmi said an Egyptian was rescued from Wadi Zura in Al-Bark governorate. He was reported to be in good health.
The Civil Defense also hauled a vehicle that was trapped in Al-Lahman Valley. There were also landslides on Bark-Mahayil Asir Road.

King Khalid University's Women's Campus in Tihama and other schools in Mahayil Asir and Al-Qura governorate have suspended classes and asked their students to stay at home. The Civil Defense rescued a number of teachers who were trapped in Suyool Valley.
In Riyadh, a Public Security aircraft evacuated two people after their cars were washed away in Wadi Ghilanah, about 15 km from the capital city. Traffic police shut down a road to prevent motorists from getting caught by floodwaters.

Heavy rain has flooded the intersection of Al-Hayer Road with Arafat Bridge in the south of the Saudi capital. Police redirected traffic to the north.
They also closed down exit 18 and exit 19 to prevent motorists from approaching flooded areas. In Baha, where two people were killed and six others injured.

Two people were hit by lightning on Sunday during heavy rain and thunderstorm in the province. Baha Red Crescent spokesman Emad Al-Zahrani said the Red Crescent received reports of two expatriates being hit by a thunderbolt in a village in Al-Qura governorate. Paramedics transported the victims, who sustained severe burns to various parts of their body, to Al-Mandaq Hospital.
The municipality and the traffic department monitored roads to offer assistance in emergency cases. The municipality received several reports of people being trapped or having electricity cut off.

The municipality has its maintenance team in the field and ready to clear sewage canals from falling boulders that may clog the passages. The police are well prepared to rescue people trapped by floods. Many people were rescued by volunteers.
In Al-Darb, to the north or Jazan, a number of houses collapsed and electricity was cut off to the city. There were several traffic accidents in the area.

Yes, that's really anomalous for Saudi Arabia!
On the 29 November.

Saudi Arabia snowfall turns desert sands powdery white (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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29 November, 2016

It's not every day that powdery snow covers the desert sand in Saudi Arabia – but that's exactly what happened to parts of the country when temperatures dropped below freezing. Saudis are reacting with a healthy dose of humor, and even a few snowmen.

The frigid temperatures and blanket of snow is an unexpected treat for Saudi Arabia's central and northwest regions, which tend to see daily high temperatures of around 20° C (68° F), even in the November "cold season."

Snow today in Jabal Al-Lawz (mountain of almonds), Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. 23-11-2016/22-2-1438H 💚🇸🇦

Some Saudis have taken to social media to express their thoughts on the winter surprise, with one man "skiing" on an icy road.

Snow falls in Northern Saudi Arabia:

Another noted that the weather was "so European," joking that he was asked if he was a scholarship student - a conversation typically had by Saudi students in their (much colder) host countries.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Saudi drivers didn't seem too confident on the slick streets, with one image showing a pile of cars pulled over on the side of the road.

Others opted to play in the snow rather than drive, building snowmen which represented their favorite football clubs.

But while the building of snowmen may seem innocent enough, Saudis who took part in the activity during a freak snowfall in January 2015 were condemned by a cleric who called it sinful and "anti-Islamic." He issued a fatwa (religious ruling) forbidding the activity - though clearly his opinion is not shared by everyone in the country.

The snowfall came as temperatures reached -3 ° C (26.6 ° F) in the Al-Jawf region and -1 ° C (30.2 ° F) in the northern province of Al-Quryat, the Saudi Gazette reported

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