Global Warming In Iraq (?)

Well, it must be, because, ya know, global warming makes it hot, cold, wet, dry….

After weathering nearly five years of war, Baghdad residents thought they’d pretty much seen it all. But Friday morning, as muezzins were calling the faithful to prayer, the people here awoke to something certifiably new.

For the first time in memory, snow fell across Baghdad.

Morning temperatures uncharacteristically hovered around freezing, and the Baghdad airport was closed because of poor visibility. Snow is common in the mountainous Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, but residents of the capital could remember just hail.

Viva la climate change!

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4 Responses to “Global Warming In Iraq (?)”

  1. boomer says:

    i know it got real warm in iraq when we drop the 40,000 lbs of ordinance on Arab Jabour!

  2. John Ryan says:

    Snow is seldom seen in Baghdad, but that is NOT because of the temperature. You see Teach Baghdad is actually in a dessert !! In fact Baghdad receives on average only 1/2 the precipitation needed to qualify it as a dessert. (6 inches per year total vs the <10inches needed to qualify as a dessert)
    “Normal” lows in the capital in Jan are about 37F so a drop of 5F is hardly cause to think that “global warming” is not happening.

    Some people are willing to clutch at straws in defense of opinions, like the “snow depth is increasing in Antarctica”
    when in fact that is by FAR the most arid of continents

    On a more local note the past 2 days have been in the mid 60s but today it has dropped to the mid 50s I think that this is a bit warmer than say 30 years ago. So far none of the ponds in Central Park have even had a skim coat of ice this winter.

  3. Scrapiron says:

    If global warming is real why do people complain about the higher heat bills compared to last year? It’s not a power company increase, look at the meter and we used a lot more power to maintain the same heat. I even lowered my thermostat to 68 from 72 and still use more power. It’s colder overall than last year. What do they call it, degree days? It’s been a few years since I took a Heat pump course but think that’s how (degree days) you measure the true temp variations and heat/cool requirements.

  4. john Ryan says:

    Well scrapiron energy costs are much higher now. Also it is possible that your local conditions are not indicative of the global average.
    Teach as I mentioned before snow in Baghdad is unusual more because it is located in an arid dessert than because of the temprature. It frequently goes below freezing in January and in fact has been known to go as low 24F for the month. And of course it can snow at temps ABOVE freexing

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