Thousands of people seeking relief from 100-plus temperatures in Saudi Arabia were panicked by an unprecendented snowfall of several inches. Thousands were trapped in a mountainous area in the southern part of the country.
Civil defense teams were called in after 75 people were injured in the panic that followed. Several hundred people were rescued by helicopters and mountain jeeps.
Saudi Arabia?s normal climate is hot and dry, but frost and freezing temperatures have been reported in winter in the past. Rainfall is rare, with an average annual precipitation of just 4 inches.
A snowfall like this would be rare in the winter. In midsummer, it is completely unprecedented and unexplained. Not even the most extreme global warming models can explain the current rash of bizarre weather events.
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