A desert is normally hot and arid, with no water and rather very low precititation. So why the hell would it snow or hail in such regions? Well, today, parts of the United Arab Emirates and Oman appeared to be blanketed in snow after severe hailstorms passed through some of the countries located in the middle of a tropical desert. Yes, the sandy desert turned white:

Further impressive videos are available here. 

With these very strong storms, floodings are expected. Water levels in different rivers of UAE are already very high:

And the weather isn’t that good all weekend for UAE with heavy rains and thunderstorms. So, stay safe!

Here some pictures coming from Oman where heavy rains and hail have been reported in different parts of Mussandam governorate, today, December 16, 2017:

Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017, hailstorm oman december 16, hailstorm united arab emirates december 16, Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017
Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16, 2017. via twitter
Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017, hailstorm oman december 16, hailstorm united arab emirates december 16, Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017
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Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017, hailstorm oman december 16, hailstorm united arab emirates december 16, Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017
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Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017, hailstorm oman december 16, hailstorm united arab emirates december 16, Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017
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Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017, hailstorm oman december 16, hailstorm united arab emirates december 16, Heavy rain and severe hailstorms in desert of Omand and United Arab Emirates on December 16 2017
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But how do frozen ice chunks form in a place much better known for sandstorms than hailstorms?

This weather anomaly isn’t as rare as it sounds. Several ‘desertic’ countries – southern China, Australia, and South Africa – are sometimes covered by hail. In the United States, the hail Halley is known in a region where Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming meet.

Weirdly, hailstorms have little to do with the climate on the ground but their formation is specifically tied to very strong updrafts that carry wet, warm, moist, and stormy air high into the atmosphere. I think this updraft and the resulting downdraft is what you see in this video, behind:

Therefore even places like the desertic Dubai and Oman can experience heavy hail from time to time… But hopefully this will not become the new normal… And of course it looks very weird. Take care… And be prepared for the heavy floods that will follow these strong rains and hailstorms.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. If this so strange is not doing “possible haarp attacks”; Then the natural inclination of planet earth has moved much backwards. The planet Earth, was already tilted about 23º back, but seeing these snowfalls in places where it’s always hot, and there is almost no vegetation; Suggests that this inclination must be right now at about 25 or 26º back. Where before it was hot and never rained; Now; It’s cold, it snows, it rains seas; And, there are hurricanes. The planet earth is falling backwards (lying on its back); But we will not notice anything; The planet Earth is very large, and wide, These inclinations, we will notice them in the changes of time, in some areas, of the planet, especially in the centrals, where there is a huge strip where you only see deserts and no vegetation. Will we see one of these days … the Sahara desert full of grass, vegetation?

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