What On Earth Is Going On In This Bizarre Video Of A Middle Eastern "Sand River"?

November 23, 2015 | by Tom Hale

Photo credit: Prashant Tate/YouTube

You probably associate the Middle East with dust storms more than hail storms, but the area has witnessed some freak weather in the past month.

Iraqis have reported hailstones the size of golf balls and heavy rain storms raged for days throughout early to mid November, leading Iraq to declare a state of emergency. As the country’s war-torn and unprepared infrastructure has struggled to cope with these extreme weather conditions, a truly bizarre video has emerged on the Internet.  

The footage, below, shows a river of ice water and hail stones flowing through the Arabian Desert in mid-November 2015.