Snow in Southwest Asia
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Snow in Southwest Asia

January 17, 2008

Winter settled heavily over Southwest Asia in January 2008. Intense cold and moist air to bring rare or unusually heavy snow to Iraq and Iran. Snow arcs from Iran to Turkey in this photo-like image captured by the MODIS on NASA's Terra satellite on January 15, 2008. AccuWeather reported that bitter cold air over central Asia caused “sea-effect” snow along the southwestern shores of the Caspian Sea (top right). The cold air moved over the Caspian Sea, picking up moisture, which fell as snow over the mountains of eastern Iran and Azerbaijan. Since the southern shore of the Black Sea (top left) is also snowier than its northern shore, some of this snow may be sea-effect snow as well.

The wintry weather pattern brought snow or rain to much of the Middle East. Though the continuous band of snow does not extend farther south than northern Iraq in this image, a dusting of snow covers the mountains of Lebanon and parts of the Syrian Desert. Red dots mark the location of fires or gas flares.

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