Snowfalls in the subtropics

Atmospheric precipitation in the solid state is the prerogative of mainly temperate latitudes. Heavy snowfall in this latitude cyclones occur when, emerging at polar fronts. They have large reserves of water, which as a result of falls in the middle latitudes.
But it does happen so that the trajectory of the wet and very powerful Barik-circulation formations change. And then they splash out all their unspent energy in the form of snow at the subtropical or tropical. Just a snow collapse happened during the second half of last week, when heavy snow and blizzards have covered the country of Asia Minor.
At the time, the atmosphere there is a situation that the cold air from the Norwegian Sea, made his way through Germany and the Balkans as far south in a very uncharacteristic for him areas. Thus the extra-tropical circulation has spread to the Middle East, even the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt. This despite the fact that the Arabian Peninsula, and Egypt are not in the sub-tropics, and in the tropical belt of the Earth!
Climatic zones Earth Alisov. © Urmas | Wikipedia
If the penetration of polar air into subtropical latitudes is not such a rarity, as the subtropics are still a transition zone between the temperate and tropical climates, the intrusion of air masses in the tropics is really quite an exotic experience. Although tropical polar air came not as cold as in the subtropics, and temperatures in some places in Egypt fell to +3 ° C. In addition to this African country turned monthly average rain and icy north wind, probably penetrated even pachyderms camel bones. As a result, tourists who came to the Red Sea resorts for a piece of the summer, the weather held hostage, however, the snow there and not dropped. But the tropical desert in Saudi Arabia still priporoshilo snow.
Saudi Arabia. © Stringer | Reuters
Meanwhile, heavy snowfalls hit the Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan! The fact is that coming from the temperate cold and wet polar air ran out there with a dry continental tropical air that forms over the hot deserts of Arabia and the Sahara. Naturally, the collision of two air masses with different characteristics has led to sharp activation of atmospheric front, education frontal clouds and heavy precipitation in the form of snow.
Turkey. © Murad Sezer | Reuters
Of snow "long do not remember these parts, and the snow was falling and did not know …". For example, in Israel the last time so much snow falls over half a century ago! In this regard, these weather events in warmer climates completely interferes with their way of life. After all Middle Easterners are not adapted to the cold and snowy winter. In their homes, even the heating system is not available, not to mention the availability of winter tires for cars.
Israel. © Ammar Awad | Reuters
At the same time for the kids such snowy weather — a real winter fairy tale! During heavy snow and children and adults with sincere pleasure playing snowballs and snowmen mold. His antics snowy weather does not seek to do harm and bring inconvenience to local residents, it is only trying to diversify the climate is subtropical and tropical countries.
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