ArabiaWeather â€” a company specialized in meteorology in the Arab World â€” reviewed the most significant weather conditions in the region from the beginning of last year until this day, marking World Meteorological Day observed annually on March 23.
Some of these conditions were extreme, resulting in physical injuries, property damage and even losses of life.
The occasion aims to highlight the importance of meteorology in all aspects of life, as well as its effects on various sectors and commemorates the establishment of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on 23 March, 1950. The WMO’s theme for this year is â€˜Hotter, Drier, Wetter, Face the Futureâ€™.
Wide areas of the Levant and northern Saudi Arabia was affected by a five-day snow storm that crippled public life. The snow storm caused road closures in several parts of the region and a significant drop in temperatures, reaching a record-breaking -8Â°C.
Vast areas of the Arabian Gulf region were hit by a strong sand storm, affecting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. The storm, considered the strongest in years, disrupted aircraft movements at several airports.
The region experienced incidents of extremely unstable weather, including a severe thunder storm that caused the collapse of a crane in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Also, the Levant witnessed a strong dust storm that lasted for four days.
The month was marked by flooding in numerous Arab cities, starting with Egypt’s Alexandria, moving to Amman, Jordan, and then to several parts of Iraq and Kuwait, before finally reaching Jeddah, where the heavy downpour caused severe floods.
The most recent extreme weather conditions to affect the Arab World occurred in the UAE, particularly in Abu Dhabi. Around two weeks ago, the city witnessed a strong thunder storm, resulting in heavy rain and wind exceeding the speed of 130 kilometer/hour.
On the occasion of World Meteorological Day, Osama Tarifi, ArabiaWeatherâ€™s Head of Weather Operations, noted that ArabiaWeather was established in 2006 with the purpose of increasing weather awareness among the public, government agencies and across all sectors, a crucial step towards enhancing national growth and minimizing weather-related property damage and losses of life. This is made possible through ArabiaWeatherâ€™s accurate weather forecasting, as well as its broadcasting of necessary warnings and alerts via its various communication channels.
ArabiaWeather holds annual celebrations of World Meteorological Day at its two branches, located in Amman and Dubai, in the attendance of representatives of several media outlets and companies working in the field.