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blizzard of 2008
Transcript of blizzard of 2008
Normal Climate For Afghanistan
When: The month of February, 2008
The Afghanistan Blizzard was the second deadliest blizzard ever recorded. Globally, it was one of the most horrific blizzards due to its amount of snowfall, death toll, and lowest recorded temperature.
Average Temperature: 58 degrees, or 14 degrees Celsius
Average Amount of Precipitation: 12.4 inches
Afghanistan has a very arid climate with dry summers and cold winters. In the mountainous regions, temperatures can drop to -15 Celsius. In the flat regions of Afghanistan winds can exceed 110 miles per hour.
Affects On the Biosphere
Death Toll: 926 people, as well as over
100,000 sheep and 315,000 cattle.
Snowfall: 180 centimeters
The lowest recorded temperature during the blizzard was -30 degrees Celsius, which broke an Afghanistan record. There was thousands of dollars in damage caused by the collapsing of buildings and livestock dying. The flooding from the snow melting was also a factor in the damage totals
How it Was Created
The Afghanistan blizzard was caused low temperatures and winds of at least 35 miles per hour. To be categorized as a blizzard, the visibility from the snowfall must be less than a quarter of a mile. Since Afghanistan is known for its strong, whipping winds, it blizzards could easily occur if there was enough snowfall to accompany it.