Weather depression may bring much-needed precipitation

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AMMAN — The 40 coldest day of winter start on December 22, coinciding with the winter solstice and the start of the winter season in the northern hemisphere; they are expected to contribute 30 percent of the total yearly precipitation in the Kingdom.اضافة اعلان

Jordanian Meteorological Department data shows that the amount of rain so far is lower than that supposed to have fallen at this time of the year in most regions.

Director of the Jordanian Meteorological Department Raed Rafed told Jordan News that normally in December some 13 percent to 21 percent of the total amount of precipitation in the rainy season will have already fallen.

This December, the amount of rain in all regions of the Kingdom was very low; the eastern regions registered slightly more precipitation, having reached 1 percent of the expected.

According to Rafed, analyzes of numerical models and the distributions of atmospheric fronts show stable weather, with maximum temperatures expected to be higher than their normal levels at this time of the year.

He also said that starting with December 22, a depression that will form over Cyprus at the end of the week will bring precipitations and lower temperatures. It will be the start of “marbaanieh”, the 40 days of cold and humid weather.

Director-general of the Jordan Farmers’ Union Mahmoud Al-Oran said that autumn rains, which usually contribute 15 percent of the yearly rain water, did not reach 1 percent in some regions of the Kingdom, especially in the south, which is very worrying for farmers and livestock breeders who already have high bills to pay.

Suleiman Al-Dojan, a Jordan Valley farmer, said that crops suffer because of drought, and farmers are frustrated because lack of rain increases the burden they already carry by having to rent land and hire workers.

Adding to the frustration, Dojan said, is having to raise labor wages and hire Jordanians, who do not usually accept working long hours on farms.

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