Weather of Arabia - Sinan Khalaf - We are getting closer and closer to the winter season, which this year falls astronomically on December 22, 2023, and as soon as we mention the winter season, our memory takes us back to rain or snow storms that affected the Kingdom in the winters of previous years, but has it ever happened? Did it snow in December? Especially since most of its days fall astronomically within the fall season!
This question takes us back to the year 2013, when the Kingdom was affected by a rare and unique weather system that produced a snowstorm in the “last days of autumn” to remain stuck in the minds of Jordanians to this day, namely the snowstorm Alexa, which began to affect the region with... The dawn hours of Thursday, December 12, 2013, witnessed heavy and widespread snowfalls, imposing a curfew after most roads were closed due to the large accumulation of snow.
In detail, the European continent was affected at that time by a strong air force, as a result of which a very cold and polar air mass rushed towards the Black Sea, then Turkey, and later to the eastern Mediterranean region, including the Kingdom.
This coincided with the formation of a deep depression that was initially centered over Syria and Lebanon, pushing heavy rain towards the Kingdom, which was in the form of snow accumulated largely on the highlands of the Jordanian capital, Amman, with snow thickness exceeding 50 cm in the mountainous highlands of the capital, Amman.
Accordingly, and we have an example of Storm Alexa, there is a possibility of snow falling in the fall season, but statistically it is considered a rare event that does not occur often, but it is possible to happen.
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