Weather of Arabia - As previously indicated by the weather forecast staff at the Arab Regional Weather Center previously, Iraq witnessed sharp and remarkable weather fluctuations on Friday 3/31/2023, as areas were subjected to heavy and accumulated snowfalls, which were met by other regions exposed at the same time to sand storms and thick dust that clouded the air. So, what is the scientific reason behind this, the weather of Arabia answers.
In the details, on Friday, Iraq was affected by an air depression in all layers of the atmosphere, accompanied by a very cold air mass that is unusual for this time of the year, and this weather situation caused brisk northwesterly winds, accompanied by strong gusts.
As a result of the cold winds and their heavy weight, dense dust waves were formed, which developed into sand storms that struck many Iraqi cities, accompanied by a remarkable rise in the amounts of dust, with a noticeable decrease in the horizontal visibility range of less than 1000 meters. The sand storms included about 9 Iraqi governorates, including the capital, Baghdad.
Today's temperatures in the cities of Iraq
Sulaymaniyah 10° with snow (north)
Basra 21° with fog (south)
Erbil 13° with light rain (north)
Baghdad now 17 ° with dust. (center)
Iraq is going through this month with rain, snow, cold and heat, but in different regions at the same time. pic.twitter.com/FjRqWfLyLq
- Iraq (@Gelnar_b) April 1, 2023
At the same time that the capital, Baghdad, and many other regions were exposed to a sandstorm, the northern regions were under precipitation of varying intensity, which was in the form of heavy precipitation over the peaks of the high mountain heights, especially in the border areas, and snowfalls with the night hours included the Sulaymaniyah governorate, Hamad God.
Heavy snow in Sulaymaniyah
Friday 9 Ramadan 1444 AH
March 31, 2023 AD
- Weather (@tqqs) March 31, 2023
The phenomenon of sand storms is getting worse in Iraq, and with less rain, higher temperatures and increasing desertification, Iraq is one of the five countries most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change in the world, according to the United Nations. The reason for the escalation of the phenomenon of dust storms in Iraq is due to drought, lack of rain, dry rivers and soil fragility And its lack of coherence, and what contributes to the deterioration of the situation is the lack of vegetation cover and the dredging of agricultural lands. In the event that the necessary preventive measures are not taken, sand storms may recur in Iraq in the coming months.
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