Sur­pris­ing spring snow

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TEHRAN — Spring snow which blan­keted some prov­inces on Mon­day has sur­prised peo­ple across the coun­try.

Ex­cept for a heavy snow­fall in late Jan­uary in some 17 prov­inces, over the past wa­ter year (Septem­ber 23, 2017 to March 20, 2018) dry au­tumn turn into an even drier win­ter and many cities ex­pe­ri­enced lower-than-nor­mal pre­cip­i­ta­tion amounts com­pared to the long-term av­er­age.

Ex­cept for north­ern and north­west­ern prov­inces of Arde­bil, West Azarbai­jan, Golestan and East Azarbai­jan which re­ceived above-nor­mal an­nual rain­fall other prov­inces suf­fered low pre­cip­i­ta­tion over the past six months.

And now snow and rain are com­ing down in some 13 prov­inces and sig­nif­i­cant tem­per­a­ture drop caught Ira­ni­ans off guard. Ac­cord­ing to Ira­nian me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion the cur­rent weather con­di­tions will per­sist through­out Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, ISNA re­ported.

West­ern, south­west­ern, north­ern, cen­tral, eastern and north­west­ern prov­inces of Iran are ei­ther blan­keted with snow or poured with rain on Mon­day. The re­port states that rain and snow will mostly fall in eastern and cen­tral Iran on Wed­nes­day.

Fol­low­ing the rain and snow many roads link­ing var­i­ous prov­inces are ei­ther closed by snow or flooded. As per a news piece by IRNA news agency 8 no­mads in Izeh, south­west­ern prov­ince of Khuzes­tan, went miss­ing on Sun­day night. Three are found alive and search and res­cue work­ers are still look­ing for the rest.

The rain­fall and Cli­ma­to­log­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute of Iran has an­nounced in late March that much of the coun­try should ex­pect higher than av­er­age tem­per­a­tures as well as less pre­cip­i­ta­tion this spring. The an­nounce­ment also pre­dicted that rain­fall pat­terns won’t change over the cur­rent Ira­nian cal­en­dar year end­ing on March 20, 2019.

While wa­ter short­age has be­come a mat­ter of con­cern both for the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple who are ac­tu­ally feel­ing the ad­verse ef­fects of low pre­cip­i­ta­tions we just have to cross our fin­gers and wish for heav­ier rain­fall and snow­fall to com­pen­sate for the past year short­ages.

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