Posted by: Lister | January 11, 2008

It’s snowing in Baghdad

I think it says a lot about humanity that, no matter how bad other things are, a bit of snow-fall can still bring a smile to our faces. (Okay, I know there are people who live in places where snow isn’t special. And special is an essential ingredient of magic.)

Snowing in Baghdad:

The flakes melted quickly. But the smiles, wonder and excited story-swapping went on throughout the day: It snowed in Baghdad.

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

Snow is common in the mountainous Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, but residents of the capital and surrounding areas could remember just hail. And that, only very occasionally.

Summer temperatures in Baghdad are routinely a sweltering 120 degrees and winters generally mild.

[…] Some said they’d seen snow only in movies.

Talib Haider, a 19-year-old college student, said “a friend of mine called me at 8 a.m. to wake me up and tell me that the sky is raining snow.”

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