December 17, 2013 12:29 pm
Updated: December 17, 2013 12:36 pm

Snow blanketing parts of Middle East seen from space

NASA's Terra satellite views snow cover over parts of the Middle East on Dec. 15.


When you think about the Middle East, you don’t think about snow. But between Dec. 10 and 13, parts of the region were hit by a rare winter storm.

NASA’s Terra satellite captured the snowfall from space on Dec. 13 after clouds moved out of the area.

READ MORE: Rare snow storm causes havoc across Middle East

Jerusalem was locked down after 30 to 50 mm fell over the area, knocking out power to about 15,000 homes. Amman, Jordan, received about 45 cm.

VIDEO: Heavy snowfall in Middle East

Syria and Lebanon also received snowfall, which caused difficult conditions for Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon and Jordan.

Near the coast, areas received torrential rain, which caused several floods. Almost 40,000 people were evacuated areas in Gaza. Residents are continuing to battle against the deluge.

VIDEO: Fisherman across Gaza help distribute aid to residents trapped by floodwaters

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