A powerful storm has brought sub-zero temperatures and widespread snowfall to parts of the Middle East.
The unseasonably cold weather has led to spectacular images of camels navigating snow and ice in the usually hot, sandy region.
The same storm system that caused flooding in Europe and deadly snow in Afghanistan and Pakistan yielded this beautiful, rare view of camels and snow in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 10. https://t.co/cKfyoroHcG pic.twitter.com/mck48OUryY
— AccuWeather (@accuweather) January 15, 2020
While media in Australia have attributed the bushfires and storms during January in Australia to global warming, the ABC played down the irregularity of the Middle Eastern cold snap in their reporting.
At the same time, residents in United Arab Emirates were delighted to receive snowfall this month.
Snow falls on Jebel Jais amid week of extreme weather in UAE https://t.co/GApGWJSHUJ
— The National (@TheNationalUAE) January 15, 2020
The snowfall was followed by a year’s worth of rain across most of the country in a few days, then a warm spell with temperatures in the mid-20’s Celsius. The rains led to heavy flooding in parts of the country.
Locals in the region have shared their astonishment on social media.
#محمد_بن_سلمان#Saudi_Arabia has changed in many ways, even in the weather. For those who are planning on an exciting holiday, book your flight to Saudi Arabia and don’t miss out on the amazing changes. Especially now that there is snow ☺☺☺☺ pic.twitter.com/D56lfOrKWl
— Ghazi Tours (@ghazitours11) January 12, 2020
Parts of Saudi Arabia covered in snow. Interesting pattern is emerging. From heavily floods to snow. Will the desert become green soon? Could be…. pic.twitter.com/DrLTsUIBXJ
— Praecursator 🇬🇧 🇧🇪 🇨🇮🏆 (@Praecursator007) January 12, 2020
The Middle East was not the only region experiencing odd weather patterns this month. Scores are dead in Brazil after heavy rains brought landslides and evacuations. 30 were killed in flooding in Jakarta. Torrential rains and floods killed dozens in Madagascar. More than 130 were killed due to avalanches and floods in Kashmir. At least nine people were killed in Spain due to a winter storm. The Canadian military have been sent to Newfoundland and Labrador to clean up after ‘Snowmageddon’.
All of these extreme weather events around the world in one month come as climate destabilisation in East Africa has led to the largest locust plague in 70 years.
Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts sayhttps://t.co/JNLKIivyN5
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 24, 2020
None of this is normal, at least within the experiences of people alive today. The climate is becoming unpredictable and extreme. The theory of man-made global warming which the media is attributing the changes to, however, cannot account for the variation in both hot and cold we are seeing around the world. It also cannot account for why the changes have hit so suddenly, nor why indicators such as sea levels and winter Arctic ice growth contradict the predictions of their theory.
The one theory which can account for the sudden onset of climatic turbulence, and the overall trend toward cooler temperatures generally, is the Grand Solar Minimum global cooling theory. This understanding is based upon the correlation between periods of high solar energy output and global warming, and low solar energy output and global cooling. The data for this theory correlate with the rise and fall of civilisations throughout history. The Grand Solar Minimum can also account for the increased volcanic activity and cloud cover we are seeing around the world.
Astrophysicist Professor Valentina Zharkova has been studying the effects of the current Grand Solar Minimum we entered in 2018 on global weather and its implications for food production and the economy, and is one of the leading voices on the topic.