Global Warming Strikes Jordan

by Greg Pollowitz

Al Jazeera learns about the Gore Effect® the hard way:

AMMAN // Heavy rainfall, strong winds and snow lashed Jordan for a second day yesterday while other Middle East countries struggled with extreme weather.

The cold and wet weather hit Israel, where authorities were preparing for the possibility of snow in Jerusalem and, in Lebanon, where flood waters swept away a young boy.

Jordan, which is 92 per cent desert, is one of the driest countries in the world but authorities declared a state of emergency across the country in reponse to the rain.

Fhaid Tiameh, the assistant director at the centre for Jordan’s Department of Metreology, said the country had not experienced that much rain in two decades.

“The rainfall in the past few days was the best we had had since the winter of 1991-1992,” he said.

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