The US doesn't have a monopoly on the extreme weather. Flakes are flying in the hot and dry Middle East. Yes, Europe and the Middle East are also getting a taste of the Polar Vortex and its ramifications. In Iran, the heaviest snow in half a century has fallen since the weekend. They are on the metric system, so two meters, six feet, is that tally. Nearly a half million homes are without power and lots of schools closed as a result of this rare onslaught of winter.
SNOW IN TEHRAN, IRAN FEBRUARY 3, 2014
Iran does see some chilly temperatures; in fact the average high for January is in the mid-forties. So, as you can see, with thermometers reading mid teen, Iran is running about 30 degrees below average.
Tehran is a subtropical steppe/ low-latitude semi-arid climate. Sorry, I had to throw out the impressive big words…LOL. In other words, flakes flying in a near desert environment is a rare event, just like snow in Atlanta.
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