FIRST SNOW FALL IN LIVING MEMORY
BAGHDAD (AFP) — Light snow fell in Baghdad early on Friday in what weather officials said was the first time in about a 100 years.
Rare snowfalls were also recorded in the west and centre of Iraq, plunging temperatures to zero degrees Centigrade (32 degrees Fahrenheit) and even colder, an official said.
The snow in Baghdad, which melted as it hit the ground, began falling before dawn and continued until after 9 am, residents said.
"Snow has fallen in Baghdad for the first time in about a century as a result of two air flows meeting," said a statement by the meteorology department.
"The first one was cold and dry and the second one was warm and humid. They met above Iraq."
The director of the meteorology department, Dawood Shakir, told AFP that climate change was possibly to blame for the unusual event.
"It's very rare," he said. "Baghdad has never seen snow falling in living memory.Image Above: An Iraqi man walks under the falling snow in Baghdad
Meteorology Warns of Continued Unusual Frosty Weather in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 January
Frosty and unstable weather will continue in Azerbaijan by 14 January, Umayra Tagietva, the Deputy Director of the National Hydro-meterology Department of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, said on 10 January.
Over the past week frosty weather and heavy snowfall has been observed in Azerbaijan. The record low temperature was noted in Baku during the nights of 7 and 8 January. The temperature dropped to minus 6o -8o in Baku and the Absheron peninsular. Such low temperatures are unusual for Baku at the beginning of January. Over the last century the frostiest weather was observed in 1935 at minus 3.5o. Snow which fell in Baku and Absheron peninsular over the past three days exceeded 100% the monthly average.