Parts of the Middle East had their first major snow storm for many decades.
22 October 2020
12 December 2013
The storm, named Alexa, brought snow, rain and cold to parts of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt. While parts of the region often see snow in winter, in other areas snow is rare. Jerusalem last had heavy snow about 50 years ago and for the Egyptian capital Cairo this was the heaviest snow in decades.
At least two people are reported to have died in Syria. In Istanbul the first snow of the winter brought transport chaos. In Gaza the storm also caused major flooding, with 5,000 people being evacuated.
The Natural Colour RGB images below show the region during and after the storm.
Download full resolution image 12 December 09:00 UTC
Download full resolution image 15 December 11:00 UTC
Full resolution image of the snow cover in the Middle-East, VIIRS (15 Dec 10:25 UTC)
Zoomed image of the snow cover in Sinai, Egypt, VIIRS (15 Dec 10:25 UTC)
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Rare Middle Eastern Snow (NASA Earth Observatory)
Winter storm Alexa chills the Middle East (Reuters)
First snow of the winter for Istanbul (Euronews)
Floods from storm Alexa force Gazans to leave homes (BBC News)
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