Romtha

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Romtha City
مدينة الرمثا
Romtha City is located in Jordan
Romtha City
Romtha City
Coordinates: 32°33′0″N 35°51′0″E / 32.55000°N 35.85000°E / 32.55000; 35.85000
Country Jordan
Province Irbid Governorate
Municipality established 1927
Government
 • Type Municipality
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Metro 71,433
Time zone GMT +2
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) +(962)273
Website http://www.ramthacity.gov.jo

Romtha, Ramtha, Ramoth, Ar Ramtha, Al Romtha, Ermeith, Ramath, Ramtha'a are all names for the same region, a flat location 30 km north-east of Jordan River. In the 2004 census, Romtha had a population of approximately 71,000, making it the eleventh largest city in Jordan, and the city has grown since then.[1]

History[edit]

Prehistoric time of Romtha[edit]

The stable climate in Romtha and its surrounding regions attracted many animals to live in neighborhood of Romtha, as well the simple conditions for managing a stable long life there attracted humans to make those regions their earliest choices to gather in groups of hunters and to live in rocky caves. Artifacts and graves in the area show that Romtha has been inhabited since the Bronze Age (even earlier), but the lack of study of the region gives us no exact information about when humans had selected the land for living.

The earliest civilizations of Romtha[edit]

The bible age[edit]

During the battle of Ramoth Gilead between Israel and Arameans, Ahab of Israel joined Jehoshaphat in the battle but was mortally wounded by an arrow and died (1 Kings 22:1-36).

Later in an incident occurred when Ahaziah and Joram fought against Hazael, king of Syria and Joram was wounded (2 Kings 8:28).

In this city, Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, was anointed by one of the sons of the prophets (9:1, 4).

The Islamic era[edit]

Romtha in modern time[edit]

Geography[edit]

North west of Romtha is the second largest source of shale oil in Jordan,[2] which if it is used in producing oil, can enhance economics in Jordan significantly.

Climate[edit]

Romtha experiences a Mediterranean climate, it has four wonderful seasons with huge variety of life's colors. The summer is hot and long (four months in average), but it has cool nights. Temperatures range in summer from 27 °C (81 °F) - 33 °C (91 °F). Spring and fall temperatures are ideal for a human's body, they range from 17 °C (63 °F) - 23 °C (73 °F). The winter sees nighttime temperatures sometimes below0 °C (32 °F), with snowfall once or twice a year. The yearly average number of days with rain is 77. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Romtha was -18 °C in the blizzard of 1992.

Climate data for Romtha/Irbid (1982-2008)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.3
(54.1)
13.8
(56.8)
23.2
(73.8)
25.6
(78.1)
25.7
(78.3)
30.4
(86.7)
33.4
(92.1)
36.1
(97)
32.5
(90.5)
26.9
(80.4)
18.2
(64.8)
12.7
(54.9)
36.1
(97)
Average high °C (°F) 3.0
(37.4)
5.9
(42.6)
12.0
(53.6)
18.7
(65.7)
23.6
(74.5)
25.5
(77.9)
27.7
(81.9)
32.3
(90.1)
26.1
(79)
20.5
(68.9)
13.6
(56.5)
7.2
(45)
18.01
(64.43)
Average low °C (°F) −4.9
(23.2)
−2.5
(27.5)
2.3
(36.1)
8.8
(47.8)
9.4
(48.9)
14.6
(58.3)
19.7
(67.5)
18.4
(65.1)
14.8
(58.6)
8.5
(47.3)
5.3
(41.5)
0.5
(32.9)
7.91
(46.22)
Record low °C (°F) −20.7
(−5.3)
−4.6
(23.7)
0.2
(32.4)
3.6
(38.5)
5.5
(41.9)
8.0
(46.4)
10.2
(50.4)
14.8
(58.6)
9.1
(48.4)
2.4
(36.3)
−7.5
(18.5)
−13.7
(7.3)
−20.7
(−5.3)
Rainfall mm (inches) 163.0
(6.417)
230.7
(9.083)
86.0
(3.386)
55.3
(2.177)
27.1
(1.067)
6.1
(0.24)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
12.1
(0.476)
46.3
(1.823)
83.5
(3.287)
114.0
(4.488)
824.1
(32.444)
Source: [3]

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Education[edit]

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Coordinates: 32°35′N 36°05′E / 32.583°N 36.083°E / 32.583; 36.083