40 feet of snowfall in 5 days in Lebanon in 2012

Big snow in Lebanon. Obermeyer FB page

Lebanon got 40 feet of snow in 5 days in February 2012.

This is officially considered a lot of snow in a short time.

Lebanon comes from the Semitic word ‘lb this means white and is meant to refer to the snow of Mount Lebanon. So Lebanon basically means “snow”.

“When he arrived in Lebanon around 47 B.C. Julius Caesar “Lub” proclaimed “Na’an”, which means “White Land” in Semitic.-Wikipedia

“The storm caused heavy snowfall in some mountainous areas, with snow falling at heights of up to 600 meters and temperatures plummeting to as low as five degrees Celsius along the coast.

Several people were snowed inside their buildings and cars, particularly along the Zahleh-Dhour al-Choueir-Tarshish road.

The 100-kilometer winds that accompanied the storm also uprooted trees in several areas and damaged crops across the country, al-Mustaqbal reported daily on Sunday.

The heavy snow also forced Farayya ski resorts to close due to the inaccessibility of the roads leading to these areas.” – naharnet.com

Driving through snowdrifts in Lebanon. Obermeyer FB page

Yes, it’s snowing in Lebanon. Over 10,000 peaks directly on the Mediterranean Sea with a Mediterranean climate (cool, rainy/snowy winters and dry summers) similar to California.

This combination captures big snow in the big mountains of Lebanon.

Lebanon is a magical place.

Think surfing and skiing and party all night on the same day.

Time for a ski trip to Lebanon!

Lebanon flag
  • Between latitudes 33N and 35N (think San Diego, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • 6 ski areas
  • The white band in their flag symbolizes the eternal snows that exist on their high mountains
  • The name Lebanon essentially means “snow” (see opening paragraph)
Lebanon from space with snowy mountains, we are talking in the northwest


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