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Saudi snow

A reader in Saudi Arabia send this picture which was taken recently in the north of that country.

The naughty thing doesn't seem to be conforming to the local sumptuary laws.

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Also a danger of breaching the Muslim ban on depicting human shapes in religion. I wouldn't put it past the Religious Police to claim someone was worshipping Santa Claus....

Dec 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

The Lord will pass judgement on it, so there is no need for mankind to do anything about it

Anyway if they did, let he/she "who is without sin" cast the first snowball.

(The snow-woman is not haram,..she'd only be haram if she left the house dressed provactively..The rules don't apply when you are only with your own family at your own home.)

Dec 13, 2015 at 4:57 PM | Unregistered Commenterstewgreen

Just phoned the local rag to tell them we are warmer than Saudi Arabia. What a scorcher !

Dec 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

It also doesn't look appropriately dressed.

Dec 13, 2015 at 5:09 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

At least it's not driving.

Dec 13, 2015 at 5:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterPiperPaul

What a shame that it wasn't left by the side of the road and the Mutaween summoned and recorded on hidden cameras....

Dec 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM | Registered Commentertomo

It is true what they say about sceptics taking things out of context.

David Viner's full quote was: "Children won't know what snow is - unless they live in Saudi Arabia!"

Dec 13, 2015 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered Commentergraphicconception

That`s no man!

Dec 13, 2015 at 7:06 PM | Unregistered Commenterbanjo

sometimes I wish I were a snowman

Dec 13, 2015 at 8:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterEternalOptimist

There has been snow in the uplands of Tabuk since Ptolemy's day.

The Wiki notes :
"Temperatures in the summer are between 26 and 46 °C, while in winter they are between −4 and 18°C, with widespread frosts.

Snowing is common, with temperatures reaching low −6 °C in some winters. Rainfall in Tabuk Area falls in the winter months from November to March, and precipitation ranges between 50 and 150 mm, with some not uncommon snow every 3–4 years."

Dec 13, 2015 at 8:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

We never see a snowman that good-looking in UK

Dec 13, 2015 at 8:33 PM | Unregistered Commentermothcatcher

Phil Clark,s ideal woman

Dec 13, 2015 at 8:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

Maybe I'm cynical but I question the provenance of this photograph.

But I see nothing exceptional in the occasional occurrence of snow in the KSA.

Dec 13, 2015 at 8:45 PM | Registered CommenterM Courtney

Floods in Cumbria - CLIMATE CHANGE!

Snow in Saudi - WEATHER!

Funny, innit?

Dec 13, 2015 at 9:13 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

I like that snowgirls in Saudi are properly blinged up. Back in the UK, they have to make do with coal and carrots...

Dec 13, 2015 at 9:15 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

A snow-ho!

Dec 13, 2015 at 10:03 PM | Unregistered Commenterivor Ward

You guys are so gullible. Less Breitbart and more Wikipedia.

Dec 13, 2015 at 10:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterAila

A snow event like this in Saudi Arabia is wholly consistent with climate change.

Dec 13, 2015 at 10:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterson of mulder

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Dec 13, 2015 at 10:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

I much prefer Guido's snowman. (Apologies for graphic content)

Dec 13, 2015 at 10:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

Are Saudi ladies allowed to make snow replicas of the human kind? If it has been made by a male sculptor, it must have been modelled on a close family relative, probably a wife?

Dec 13, 2015 at 11:54 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

I guess snowmen are the only men who have a reliable solution to problems with erectile dysfunction, at least during winter months. ^.^

Dec 14, 2015 at 12:15 AM | Registered CommenterDung

NOT "taken recently" of course.
It's not exactly all over the net but the first genuine report of this photo seems January 10th
and on this Montage of snowmen labelled as the bride.
Jan 13th 2015 photo appeared in Washington Post Saudi cleric bans snowmen
Fatwa 146628: Ruling on making images of animate beings out of snow

Dec 14, 2015 at 1:58 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

"That`s no man!" --banjo

Or, as Wagner so temptingly put it in Siegfried, "Das ist kein Mann!"*

* You had to be there.

Dec 14, 2015 at 3:27 AM | Unregistered Commenterjorgekafkazar

What is it with alarmists like Aila, who always seem to think they are smarter than those who do not agree with them:

Dec 14, 2015 at 5:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterPethefin

Two small periods of snowfalls in Tasmania (Australia) so far this December.
And in the hottest year EVVVAAAAHHHHHH!!

Dec 14, 2015 at 5:48 AM | Unregistered Commentertoorightmate

Here you go Aila!

Snow google at your service.

Dec 14, 2015 at 6:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty the Snowman

Yes of course it did snow and TV news show people making snowmen etc.
but not that particular snowman.
This year is an El Nino, maybe next year it won't snow much, but i will before 5 years are up.

Dec 14, 2015 at 8:56 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

What's the word on California's NED ?
Never Ending Drought

Dec 14, 2015 at 9:07 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

What is it with pub lawyers like pethefin , who lacking a table to pound, kick the nearest encyclopedia ?

Dec 14, 2015 at 10:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Russell, sorry to have offended your feelings but I was not referring to Wikipedia as such, only climate related and other politically debated issues, where Wikipedia is notoriously unreliable. Why the need to attack the messenger?

Dec 14, 2015 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterPethefin

How embarrassing for Aila and Russell, that they got caught singing discordantly from different hymn sheets... There'll be a few strong words spoken under their bridge, I reckon.

Dec 14, 2015 at 10:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterOwen Morgan

Bish, assuming what you wrote is correct, that a reader in Saudi Arabia send this picture which was taken recently in the north of that country, then I suggest you need to check your sources more carefully, as that picture has been around at least since last January.

Dec 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM | Unregistered Commentersteveta_uk

God tests the Bishop's merry men
Our clime does them dismay
If it's snowing anywhere
You know their next cliche'

Dec 14, 2015 at 6:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

@steveta_uk @MangoChutney I already said that, half a day before you posted.

Dec 14, 2015 at 1:58 AM | stewgreen

Dec 15, 2015 at 1:18 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

From the warm list.

Great tits cope well with warming


Dec 15, 2015 at 1:43 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

Above is pre-climategate with contemporary links.

Pause in Arctic's melting trend

but...but.... Walrus have been seen on Alaska's north coast in unusual numbers

Dec 15, 2015 at 2:29 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

Good King Watts last looked out
On the feast of Stephen (Lew)
When the ice lay round about
Deep crisp and uneven
Brightly shone those loon that night
Though the fast ice was cruel
When a ship of fools came in sight
Gath'ring summer ridicule

Dec 15, 2015 at 3:04 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

@Clipe : When the alarmist's LIEs lay round about

Dec 15, 2015 at 4:19 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen


Very good.

Not happy with "Though the fast ice was cruel"


Dec 15, 2015 at 4:39 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

On second thought... Russel needs help.

Grog tests the Bishop's merry trolls...

Dec 15, 2015 at 4:54 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

When the alarmist's LIEs lay round about
The dim, the dumb and the theiv-en
Brightly shone those loon that night
Brainwashed every school
icebound ship of fools came in sight
ripe forr ridicule

Dec 15, 2015 at 9:10 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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