Weather of Arabia - The winter season in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states consists of 3 seasons, namely: the square, the carp, and the scorpion season. The scorpion season is one of the transitional seasons in which the weather changes from cold to warm and the onset of heat, and the actual winter season ends with the end of the “scorpion season.” And this week will be the first of the "scorpion season", so when does the scorpion season begin? What is the reason for calling it that name? What are its most important climatic characteristics?
The "Scorpion Season" begins on February 10 and lasts 39 days, divided into three stars, and each star has 13 days, as follows:
The scorpion season includes the horoscopes of the first three stars of Saudization, " Saad Al-Saud" , starting from February 10, and it is an extension of the winter cold, then "Saad Balaa" , starting from February 23, when the equinox becomes clear, and finally, "Saad Al-Saud", starting from March 8, and the start of Warmth during the day is the dominant feature.
Also, during the period of the first star of it, the winter atmosphere prevails and the “cold anvil wind” blows, then it is the time for “the cold of the old man” who is in the helplessness of winter and the last of it is in the second star of it. Scorpion season.
It was called the Scorpion because the star constellation of the Scorpion is in the chest of the sky at dawn, and it was said to alternate its cold and warm stings . The pastures flourish and become greener, the flowers bloom and the bees are active, the cattle are fattened and the milk increases in their udders, and for this reason the cattle people make aqt, which is the dried milk.
Dr. Khaled Al-Zaqaq, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, explained that in the scorpion season, plants and birds flourish, spring expands, and rain clouds form, which combine abundance and generality at the beginning, adding, at the end of it, we begin to feel the signs of summer by day.
Al-Zaaq says that the scorpion season is called by this name because its cold comes suddenly, as scorpions do. However, it is not without sudden cold attacks, and at the end of this season, the heavy summer rains that occur in some areas abound.
Al-Zaaq also indicated that scorpion cubs (a poisonous insect) begin to appear in this season, after a long winter hibernation.
He explained that the scorpion season is not safe for rain, as rain may be heavy and deadly in this season, in addition to the flow of valleys in this season, to the point of a flood.