Friday, December 13, 2013

Snow in Egypt!

Egypt is good at making history. It's at it again today. Thanks buzzfeed for the photo collection!

It was pretty exciting to wake up to snow in Cairo, a city where sweltering sun and dust storms are more the norm.

"@AmrElGabry For the first time in 112 years, it snows in #Cairo "
الدنيا برد والتلج على العربيات وكله بالسلمية #الرحاب

Photos began to pour in from across Egypt, as the Arabic word for snow - #ثلج - began to trend on Twitter.

Snow in Ras El Bar, North Egypt. Unbelievable. Via@AlMasryAlYoum
Video from St. Catherine's today, featuring a Bedouin playing with snow

Of course, some people were worried about the cold.

In Giza, the Sphinx is about to freeze. If he had a nose, he would sneeze. #dayaftertomorrowincairo

Others were frustrated with the flooding that followed.

Every single effing winter we discover that #Egypt seemingly doesn't have a single architect that heard about managing snow/water evacuation

And some wondered whether Egypt’s much-lauded General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi was responsible for the snow.

Rumor has it that Sisi brought snow to Egypt because he wants to create his own Siberia.
Ungrateful #Egypt! Unlike any other leader, Sisi gives you snow for Christmas! 2 bad there aren't any Christians left

Or whether it was part of Sisi’s alleged dreams of the future.

If Sadat told Sisi about this weather and Sisi never warned us, I’ll be disappointed.

But mostly people were just really excited about the snow!

Incredible. Snow in Cairo, Egypt this AM - the first such occurrence in 112 years. Via @AmrElGabry.
I have never seen snow in #Egypt. So today, Friday the 13th incidentally, in the year 2013, is historical for many of us#SnowInCairo
#PHOTO: Just like the 'western movies': kids playing in the snow in New #Cairo#Egypt:
I figured it out, Cairo and Kiev switched places! #SnowInCairo#ProtestsInKiev
PHOTO: Beanies and jackets are out as it snows in New #Cairoearlier this morning #Egypt (via @omarsa2r)

One breath taking photo of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, however, turned out to be old.

Image of snow on monastery in #Sinai#Egypt, is an old image; in circulation since at least January 8:

But in the end, Egypt was happy to again be making history.

It's snowing in several parts of Cairo, Alexandria & other cities. This is very rare to see in #Egypt!