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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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Record-Breaking Haze to Stay the Week in Israel

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Israelis woke up Wednesday to Day 2 of the worst smoggy haze recorded during the month of September in Israel in the past 75 years. In fact, the level of pollution in the air registered at 140 times the “normal” level, according to Hebrew-language broadcast media on Tuesday.

Worse, locals are being warned it’s not going to get any better, at least until the weekend and possibly right into Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, which starts Sunday night.

The heavy dust-sand-smog settled down on the Middle East early Tuesday morning and simply hasn’t budged, moving in from across the north in Iraq and Syria.

Satellite image of smog storm sweeping across Israel from the north, in Iraq and Syria.

Satellite image shows smog storm sweeping across Israel.

Usually sand storms in Israel are intense, but brief, coming in from the Egyptian Sahara in the south.

A warm current of air is complicating matters, stretching from Saudi Arabia to the eastern Mediterranean, colliding with this smog cloud and spiking temperatures over 100 degrees Farenheit according to meteorologists. Due to the lack of any strong winds, conditions are not likely to improve until next week.

The presence in the air of toxic particles and pollutants dragged along with the cloud and combined with the intense heat, are making it very difficult for many people to breathe.

Meteorologists have issued a heat warning for the entire country, lasting from 9 am to 9 pm on Wednesday. In particular, the valleys and eastern parts of the country were warned there are likely to be especially high temperatures.

Visibility throughout Israel had already dropped Tuesday to approximately a mile or less (just over a kilometer). Average visibility for buildings is generally eight to 10 kilometers. In the valley areas smog and fog can be especially dense, particularly at night. Drivers are warned to be on guard and to drive slowly with hazard lights through valleys with narrow or less-traveled roads.

Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry has ordered schools to cancel all outdoor activities and school trips. The ministry is also suggestion all class recess period be held indoors and all gym classes be held in closed gymnasiums.

Most Israelis already “know the drill” and upon rising Tuesday morning, took one look and closed all the windows in their homes to try and minimize the coating of dust and sand that inevitably creeps in, no matter what.

Israeli health officials are also advising anyone with heart and lung conditions, as well as anyone with breathing problems (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, etc), pregnant women, the elderly and the very young to stay indoors as well.

Several Days of Rain Forecast to Drench Israel

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Several days of heavy rain are predicted to drench the northern and central regions in Israel beginning Tuesday night, bringing a bit of relief to the National Water Authority and anyone who likes to swim or sail on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret).

While rain and snow have blessed coastal regions and parts of the south with more than the usual amount of precipitation for this time of year, areas around the Kinneret have received a bit less than usual. The lake is more than 12 feet (3.74 meters) below flood level.

That is due to change drastically, but southern Israel will suffer from severe dust pollution on its way from Africa this evening. Travelers to and from Eilat are advised that flights are being re-directed from the southern port city.

By tomorrow afternoon or night, the rain will have spread from the center to the northern Negev, according to forecasters, and there is even a chance  of light snow in Jerusalem by nightfall. No accumulation is expected.

The rain will wash away the pollution in the Tel Aviv and other coastal areas, but haze and sand storms will blanket the south , and those who suffer from breathing disorders are advised to remain inside.

Gale-force winds will accompany the storm, which is forecast to dump more snow in the Hermon ski slopes.

Rain will continue into next week, and forecasters are predicting 4-8 inches will fall in some areas.

If predictions come true rainfall and run-off from mountain streams will raise the level of the Kinneret significantly.

Out of the Box: My Laptop is Overheating

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

My laptop runs hot. Truth is, everyone’s laptop runs hot. But lately its gotten so hot, that it would suddenly shut itself down. And the fan? It sounded like a tractor, trying to cool down the machine.

First thing I did was look in the Window’s Task Manager. There was a program there that was consistently grabbing 25% of my CPU. I killed that process and the computer began to cool down. I also got a laptop cooler with a fan.

But still, not enough. Even watching a video on the browser would cause it to overheat and eventually turn off. And don’t even talk to me about video games (especially not when I’m supposed to be working). I thought maybe some driver update might be the problem.

So I lowered the priority of the browser process in the Task Manager, and that extended the time before the computer overheated and shut down.

I installed a program called Prio that would keep the CPU priorities low, once I set them that way.

But still, the problem wasn’t going away.

Finally, I found someone else on the Internet with the same problem who determined that overheating it isn’t always related to improperly acting applications and drivers, and he said the problem is dust in the machine that clogs the vents, and prevents air flow.

The solution? Very simple. Take a vacuum cleaner, and suck out the dirt from all the vents. (Turn off the computer first).

I did it. It worked. The computer is no longer scorching hot.

Good luck.


P.S. The author and JewishPress.com are not responsible for any damage listening to this column may cause. If you aren’t sure about what you are doing, don’t do it. You are on your own.


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