Cold wave grips northern Saudi Arabia, meteorologists fear strongest cold snap ever

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Posted by Julie Celestial on January 30, 2020 at 08:28 UTC (1 day ago)
Categories: Extreme cold, Featured articles, Severe weather

Cold wave grips northern Saudi Arabia, meteorologists fear strongest cold snap ever

Parts of Saudi Arabia are shivering through a strong cold snap with chilly winds particularly in the northern regions.

The cold wave started a few days ago and is forecast to go on for two weeks further, weather expert Muad Al-Ahmadi told Al Arabiya.

“The first wave started last Tuesday [January 21], and its climax was on Wednesday and Thursday, and that ended on Friday, while the second wave, which is the strongest and hardest, began Saturday, and would continue till midweek,” he said, urging people to take precaution and safety measures.

Furthermore, Al-Ahmadi noted that this will be the strongest cold snap ever.

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76 thoughts on “Cold wave grips northern Saudi Arabia, meteorologists fear strongest cold snap ever

  1. 1: Climate change

    2: natural weather

    3: sun cycle

    4: It happens sometimes

    5: This is new, never seen it before?

  2. The models predicted this! No really, I was eating lunch at Hooters and the models told me “it will be a cold day in hell…” so there you go.

  3. So over TWO WEEKS is somehow just a cold snap? Strange how just a few hot days qualifies as a heatwave but then when did they ever tell the truth?

    • I would rather not know how you came by that bit of information on the taste of camel urine. Apparently there are commercial products in Saudi Arabia that contain it, but I would decline to sample them. The yuck factor is way too high.

      • Yes. Civet poop coffee is way better. link Sadly, I can’t afford it. (I wonder if there’s an emoji for alligator tears.)

          • Not worth the cost, or is it the taste? It seems strange that we turn down civet cat poop coffee because of how it was processed in side the civet, and yet we love to eat eggs.

        • 12oz bag at $249us. I’ll pass. I pay $14 for a 12oz bag of coffee processed by Carmelite Monks. I’m pretty sure they don’t eat it to process it though. It is the best coffee I’ve ever had.

  4. January-February are also known for the choking duststorms there. Got that first hand 18 years ago. I’ll take snow over a duststorm.

    • My favorite Saudi weather – thunderstorm and sandstorm simultaneously. Nothing like clumps of mud furiously falling from the sky to make your day special in a combat zone.

  5. I guess all the Saudis will be getting their snow tires out of the storage tents then?
    (Usually hard to find under all the skis, sleds, snowmobiles, etc etc)
    Global warming will do that.

  6. How many poor people (assuming SA has poor) are going to die from the cold?

    I can’t wait for the CAGW alarmists to tell us here how the average global temperature going UP means more cold around the world!

  7. How about Siberia, Mongolia & Kazakhstan much more snow than normal.
    Bangladesh 4110 people suffering with cold illnesses.
    Record cold in Russia at -56C.
    Newfoundland ask for military help due to snow.
    Record Jan 18th snow in Ottowa & Detroit.
    Record snow in Pakistan.

    Of course this is just Northern Hemisphere January weather and all those records don’t mean anything.

    • “Of course this is just Northern Hemisphere January weather and all those records don’t mean anything.”

      No they don’t, as it’s mid winter and there will a,ways be some cold f3cords soemwhere in the NH in winter. It is dominated by snow coverered land at high latitudes.
      But meanwhile ….

      The “fake news” …..

      “Northeastern Russia (Yakutia region, Siberia) is a well-known place for extreme cold, with the Verkhoyansk Range being the coldest area in the Northern Hemisphere. Oymyakon and Verkhoyansk are the towns where record cold low temperatures are at 67.8 °C and -71.2 °C. This weekend, the pattern over that part of Asia brought a strong upper-level ridge, resulting in the development of the surface high-pressure system. This usually means the extremely cold will become even more brutal – and so it did! Several stations in the Yakutia region recorded down to -57 °C!”
      So, your “record cold” is 10 to 15C warmer than the real record cold then

      And As for Saudi – Spot the tiny bit of blue there ? ….
      How about the red elsewhere?

      And snow is not an equivalent for cold.
      Are you not aware how “NE’er” storms are formed?
      In short moisture is required and then snow can fall at any surface temperature above around +2C (inversion aloft).
      So what if the average temp in that region is lower but normally dry?

      And how about …..
      “The unusual extreme warmth developing over Scandinavia we have discussed last days, has lead into record-breaking temperatures in some areas. The official report of 19.0 degrees Celsius in the town Sunndalsøra is the highest temperature ever measured in Norway and Scandinavia itself, in January or any winter month! The previous Norwegian record of 17.9 °C was measured in Tafjord in 1989.”

      Not to mention the US ….
      “Although it’s January, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at a thermometer. Many areas across the eastern United States have been experiencing temperatures more typical of March and April.”

      • As usual jumping in with both feet.
        It was a record for the day or period not for ever, you know just like the press publishes for “Hot Days”.
        I suggest that take a look at some of those records, like Kazakhstan with 3 times as much snow for this time of the year.
        The whole point was it is not local to Saudi Arabia.

        But as you say it is only winter weather, whereas summer hot records are Climate Change, we all know how it works thanks.

    • -56 is not even close to a record. When I was in Mongolia two years ago (in January) it was -67 in Yakutia. I wrote about it here at the time. It was -42 in Ulaanbaatar that day – and very windy. The impact was terrible in Yakutia – 6 people froze to death and 70 people were admitted to hospital for frostbite amputations. In 2013 it was -71 C.

      Cold is really bad for humans.

  8. Meanwhile further North by 30 degrees of latitude, Moscow had warmest December since records started in 1886.
    The Russian Supreme Leader (the new title meant for the current president at the end of his mandate, perhaps an inspiration number of presidents around the world ? ) in order to appease revolting local populace had to cover parts of Red Square with fake snow

  9. I’m glad I don’t live in Saudi right now (or any other time, for that matter) – if I thought the people in Richmond (VA, USA) couldn’t drive in the snow . . . .

    • Heat = energy.
      Global warming = more energy.
      More energy can result in both more heat and more cold in different places.
      See refrigerator, reverse cycle air conditioner. Colder air inside, hotter air outside.

      The earth’s atmosphere is just a bit more complex than a simple heat exchange pump, but the latter shows how putting more energy (in this case by electricity) into a system can result in more cold air as well as more hot air.

      • “Tom Foley February 1, 2020 at 3:57 pm

        Global warming = more energy.”

        If we assume there is a steady amount of “energy” entering the earth system (Which it is), and we assume “global warming”, as you say, = “more energy”, where is the extra energy coming from?

  10. I lived in Saudi Arabia for 15 years. Cold weather and snow is not unusual in the north west region. The quantity seems to be more than usual. It also snows in the south west mountains in and around the city of Abha. Also experienced snow and ice in southern Jordan while driving to Petra at this time of year.

    Here’s a clip from Gulf News in 2008 regarding snow around Tabuk, KSA.

    “TABUK: Areas around the city of Haql witnessed rainfall accompanied by light snow on Friday evening on Al-Lawz Mountain, while light snow, known as the “white guest,” fell in Tabuk in the evening and disappeared at dawn.
    The local population gathers every year to watch this phenomenon. They arrive at the mountain early to welcome the snow and consider this time to be the most beautiful in the year.”

    Cheers from the South Okanagan Valley in BC, where we had our 50 year snowfall (?) two weeks ago. I estimate that we had a foot or so over a few days. Must be from the lack of sunspots.

    • “… Check back in 300 years to assess climate change.”


      If the Persian gulf starts to get shallower, that’s climate change.

  11. What is news worthy is that the BBC has missed this and cold events elsewhere, missing the opportunity to send Harrabin on another jolly.

  12. I have to say something inappropriate here. Maybe lifting that ban on women drivers was a bit premature.

  13. Every winter since I started reading newspapers around 1970, some place or another has gotten record cold or record snow, as in record for a day or for a month or for a whole winter or for a single weather event. Usually more than one of the above. Then there is the blizzard that was the greatest on record anywhere in the world according to the Wikipedia article on “Blizzard” at least as of a few years ago, and that happened in Iran in 1972, and it currently mentions that historic blizzard. That Wikipedia article also mentions a large number of blizzards and some snow winters that were the most extreme ever recorded where they happened, in a large number of different years. Then there are the many historic great snowstorms that didn’t have the wind that is part of the definition of blizzard. These are weather not climate, along with the extreme high temperature event in part of Europe last summer and the recent drought in Australia.

  14. Call Al Gore. Some of the snow that has not melted as he predicted has escaped to Saudi Arabia. The world needs better monitoring of those events. It cannot be that some intrepid snow clouds just dump their load when they are not allowed to. Has nobody told them that they are supposed to be all gone by now?

  15. Shiek Mannhamaddi has ordered hockey sticks . Decided to send hockey team to Olympics. They can practice outdoors.

  16. Look you deniers the science is settled!!!!
    The hotter it gets, the colder it gets.
    What is the matter with you people.

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