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Rare snowstorm hits the Middle East
AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/08 | Ian Deitch - ap

Posted on 01/30/2008 10:08:55 AM PST by NormsRevenge

JERUSALEM - A rare snowstorm swept the Middle East on Wednesday, blanketing parts of the Holy Land in white, shutting schools and sending excited children into the streets for snowball fights.

The weather in Jerusalem topped local newscasts, eclipsing a government report on Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon.

Men in long Arab robes pelted each other with snowballs in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and the West Bank city of Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian government, came to a standstill.

"I'm originally from Gaza where snow never falls," said Bothaina Smairi, 28, who was out in Ramallah taking photographs. "The white snow is covering the old world and I feel like I am in a new world where everything is white, clean, and beautiful."

Jerusalem's Old City was coated in white. A few ultra-Orthodox Jews, wearing plastic bags over their hats to keep them dry, prayed at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.

Snow falls in Jerusalem once or twice each winter, but temperatures rarely drop low enough for it to stick. The Israeli weather service said up to 8 inches of snow fell in the city.

By late morning, the snow changed to rain, turning the city into a slushy mess. But forecasters said temperatures were expected to drop, and the snow would continue through Thursday morning.

Heavy snow also was reported in the Golan Heights and the northern Israeli town of Safed, and throughout the West Bank.

In Ramallah, residents were surprised to see snow when they awoke. For some, it was their first time.

"I am just astonished with the snow. When I saw the snow this morning, I felt happy, my heart was laughing," said Mary Zabaro, 17.

In Amman, where a foot of snow fell, children used inflatable tubes as sleds. Some roads were temporarily closed.

Snow covered most mountain villages and blocked roads in Lebanon. The storm disrupted power supplies in most Lebanese towns and villages, exacerbating existing power cuts. Parts of the Beirut-Damascus highway were closed.

Temperatures in Syria dipped below freezing and snow blanketed the hills overlooking the capital, Damascus.


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agw; globalwarming; israel; jerusalem; jordan; lebanon; middleeast; snow; snowstorm; syria

A boy runs down snow-covered stairs in the Old City of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008. A heavy overnight snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem and other parts of the Holy Land in white on Wednesday, closing schools and stores and grounding public transportation. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)


1 posted on 01/30/2008 10:08:57 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Is this the same rare snowstorm from last week?


2 posted on 01/30/2008 10:09:50 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: NormsRevenge

Global Warming Update.


3 posted on 01/30/2008 10:09:54 AM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: NormsRevenge

Global Warming?


4 posted on 01/30/2008 10:10:03 AM PST by kjo
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To: NormsRevenge

Paging AlGore- white courtesy phone, please.


5 posted on 01/30/2008 10:10:26 AM PST by Pistolshot (Those with a lively sense of curiosity learn something new every day of their lives.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Global warming caused by Bush.


6 posted on 01/30/2008 10:10:31 AM PST by beaversmom
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Sure has been a lot of cooler weather in that part of the globe .. or is it just me? hmmmm..

Global warming

Bush’s Fault

Manna from Heaven

Take your pick..

Too bad folks couldn’t just fight it out with snowballs to settle their differences..


7 posted on 01/30/2008 10:10:44 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: 1rudeboy
Don't know but I was there for the rare snow last March.

ML/NJ

8 posted on 01/30/2008 10:11:09 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: NormsRevenge; Beowulf; Defendingliberty; WL-law; Normandy

Beam me to Planet Gore !

9 posted on 01/30/2008 10:11:28 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: Allegra

you getting snowed on again??


10 posted on 01/30/2008 10:11:40 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (RIP Eric Medlen. You will be missed.../ Get well Soon John Force!!!)
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To: 1rudeboy

I don’t think so.. Strange huh?


11 posted on 01/30/2008 10:12:18 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: Pistolshot
Paging AlGore- white courtesy phone, please.

"I can't find it in all this damn snow!"

12 posted on 01/30/2008 10:13:32 AM PST by gridlock (Proud Romney Supporter since January 20, 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

Darn global warming. Al Gore, rescue us!!!!


13 posted on 01/30/2008 10:14:42 AM PST by Teacher317 (Eta kuram na smekh)
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To: 1rudeboy

lol!


14 posted on 01/30/2008 10:15:37 AM PST by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The white snow is covering the old world and I feel like I am in a new world where everything is white, clean, and beautiful."

It would look like that all the time, if you'd just stop killing each other.........

15 posted on 01/30/2008 10:17:28 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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Women play with snow in the ancient Roman city of Baalbek in the Bekaa valley during asnowstorm that hit Lebanon and several other countries in the Middle East January 30,2008. REUTERS/ Ahmed Shalha (LEBANON)


16 posted on 01/30/2008 10:18:06 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
Any word on how this woman is dealing with the snow?


17 posted on 01/30/2008 10:19:58 AM PST by Oratam
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To: NormsRevenge

Global WARMING!!!!! LOL!


18 posted on 01/30/2008 10:22:22 AM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: 1rudeboy

This appears to be a new rare snowstorm. Don’t mention the Ice Age, the global warmers are already feeling kind of confused.


19 posted on 01/30/2008 10:26:42 AM PST by RightWhale (oil--the world currency)
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To: Oratam
Okay. I'll try again. Any work on how this woman is dealing with the snow?


20 posted on 01/30/2008 10:28:54 AM PST by Oratam
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To: NormsRevenge

China is having one of it’s most severe winters ever...heating shortages, people stranded...

In the US, the upper Midwest is trying to recover from the bone-chilling, life-threatening, cold that is just now moving Eastward.

Snow in the Mid-East. Rare snow in Baghdad...

Is there a pattern here? (Global Warming? Naah!!)


21 posted on 01/30/2008 10:32:15 AM PST by Rhetorical pi2
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To: NormsRevenge

Proof that God has a sense of humor.....Al Gore, please pick up the white courtesy phone for an important message....


22 posted on 01/30/2008 10:34:03 AM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: NormsRevenge
A rare snowstorm swept the Middle East on Wednesday...

Damn you Global Warming!!!! Will your curses never leave us?

23 posted on 01/30/2008 10:34:32 AM PST by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: Rhetorical pi2

Salt Lake local snow removal budget $1.5 M
Current spending (not even February yet) $2.5 M


24 posted on 01/30/2008 10:35:20 AM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you freep.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Would be so much more humane if Hamas would launch swowballs from Gaza instead of katuysha rockets.


25 posted on 01/30/2008 10:39:57 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: NormsRevenge
This was explained to me once by a Green. You see, when global warming sets in there will be wide global temperature swings, even bringing greatly abnormal freezing weather to unusual places, and that's how you know that global warming is working.

IOW, the Greens can't lose!;)

26 posted on 01/30/2008 10:46:47 AM PST by xJones
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To: 1rudeboy

There was a rare snowstorm in Iran on Jan 10:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1951220/posts

great pix there BTW


27 posted on 01/30/2008 10:48:12 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: NormsRevenge

Again?


28 posted on 01/30/2008 10:59:01 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: NormsRevenge

Global warming did it!!


29 posted on 01/30/2008 10:59:11 AM PST by chaos_5 (The Republic is doomed!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
you getting snowed on again??

Not here...in fact, it's been quite mild here lately.

I wonder if that weather that hit Jerusalem is heading east towards us, though.

I hate cold. :-P

30 posted on 01/30/2008 11:01:27 AM PST by Allegra (A chicken in every pot and a pair of new socks every day.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Israel's only ski resort on Mt. Hermon will be open for business.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

31 posted on 01/30/2008 11:03:59 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Rhetorical pi2

China is having one of it’s most severe winters ever...heating shortages, people stranded...

In the US, the upper Midwest is trying to recover from the bone-chilling, life-threatening, cold that is just now moving Eastward.
Snow in the Mid-East. Rare snow in Baghdad...
Is there a pattern here? (Global Warming? Naah!!)

Or, is it God telling those global-warming idiots that He’s still in charge of things and when He says it’s hot or cold, then that’s what it is. Al, the con man, Gore will have to work a little harder to convince people to buy his carbon credits. Sorry, Al, bombed again. Aren’t you getting tired of failure?


32 posted on 01/30/2008 11:05:14 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: NormsRevenge

Snow? Big deal. Sick of the stuff.

Now if we get a sandstorm in Connecticut, then that’s something.


33 posted on 01/30/2008 11:07:06 AM PST by kidd
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To: Rhetorical pi2
Rare snow in Baghdad...

Saw it with my very own eyes, I did. It got even thicker after I retreated inside, shivering.


34 posted on 01/30/2008 11:08:52 AM PST by Allegra (A chicken in every pot and a pair of new socks every day.)
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To: Allegra

Looks like smokers have to stand outside even over there.


35 posted on 01/30/2008 12:35:52 PM PST by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bbbut The Goracle tells us it’s “global warming”!


36 posted on 01/30/2008 12:51:44 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: NormsRevenge

placemark


37 posted on 01/30/2008 12:55:23 PM PST by Steve1789 (Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. -A.L.)
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To: NormsRevenge

38 posted on 01/30/2008 3:14:13 PM PST by APRPEH (Fred, say it ain't so.......)
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To: Oratam

Time to get out the Thinsulate burka...


39 posted on 01/30/2008 8:11:56 PM PST by Strzelec
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