Climate Changes Take Action: Deserts Are Flooded

31.01.2013

Global warming and climate changes were still a debatable issue up until this winter. Climatologists state that a common trend of season 2012/13 is in abundance of North-Atlantic cyclones that first rage in Europe, then take a rest at the Mediterranean and pour down on the Middle East, Northern Africa and Western Asia.

Iraqis experience such floods for the first time in their lives

These latitudes belong to the climate zone of subtropical arid deserts, which means that it's really rainless here. Two or three light rains a month make all the showers in winter. This is why most lakes and rivers in this region dry out for summer and fill up with water by fall or winter. As we have written before, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River that nourish the Dead Sea have lost significantly in water level over the past ten years. This made the authorities of Israel and Jordan search for new solutions of water shortage issues.

This was all relevant up until this winter, but now this region is being flooded after the abundant showers. The Dead Sea water level rose by ten centimeters within a month, and Iraq and Iran residents swim along the streets. Some of them do it for the first time of their life! Experts say that cyclones of this winter are a climate trend, and Middle East should prepare for even more storms. The reason is dramatic climate change. North-Atlantic cyclones form due to constantly rising average air temperature in the Arctics. Our planet slowly heats up, and some say that this process is irreversible. Arid regions could actiually benefit from such winters, while here in temperate latitudes snow storms might lead to a catastrophe.

PhotoReuters.