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January 31, 2015 / 11 Shevat, 5775
 
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Update on Snow: All but Certain for Wednesday and Thursday

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Forecasters are more certain than ever that the prediction for snow next week is correct, and the outlook now is that Gush Etzion, the Hebron Hills and Mitzpeh Ramon will see the white stuff on Wednesday and Thursday.

It is too early to predict accumulations, but the snow will be more than flurries, which always excites panicking Israelis into rushing to the nearest grocery story to stock up for the winter.

Unlike most snowfalls in Israel, this one will not melt away so quickly, according to meteorologist Uri Batz, probably the most widely known weather forecaster in the country.

If Uri Batz says it will snow, then it will snow, plain and simple. He has been wrong in the past, but so has Warren Buffet.

He predicted Friday morning that the snow will begin Wednesday morning and besides the usual accumulations on Israel’s ski center on the Hermon, it will fall in the Galilee, Jerusalem and at higher altitudes as far south as the central Negev.

The snow will taper off during the day on Wednesday but resume in the late afternoon and continue until Thursday morning, followed by freezing temperatures that will turn the snow on sidewalks and streets into ice rinks at least until the Sabbath.

Now, after having said all that, remember this is a forecast in Israel, where the only thing certain is uncertainty.

 

First Snow Falls on the Hermon

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The first snow of the year fell on the upper slopes of the Hermon Tuesday, the Kinneret began to rise slowly and hopefully dramatically, and the forecast for the rest of the week is rain, rain and more rain.

Up to four inches of rain has been predicted in some northern and western areas of the country. Unlike the first rain that fell last month, the central Negev south to Eilat are not likely to see more than a few drops.

The rest of the country already has recorded up to double the average rainfall for this time of year, and by those numbers will rise by the end of the week of the forecast are correct.

Israel’s water desalination system has made the country less dependent on the Kinneret, where the shoreline has been receding for most of the past two decades following the record-breaking winters of 1991-1993 during which time the dams were opened to prevent flooding of Tiberias and roads and communities situated on the lake.

However, the low level of the lake has forced the Water Authority to pump more water from underground aquifers, the country’s largest water source, seriously depleting them. The Kinneret now is a fraction of an inch from the “red line,” which is 213 meters below earth and 4.2 meters below the level at which dams would have to be opened to prevent flooding.

The chances of that happening are slim, unless Israel gets drenched as it did in 1991-92.

Last year, a wicked snowstorm hit the country in December, much earlier than usual, and everyone was calculating that the Kinneret would be full by the end of the year,

But God reminded us that He and not the weather forecasters and Kinneret watchers bring rain. Israel went through one of the worst – meaning dry – winter on record after the early snow, so we are simply going to remain optimistic but not jump the gun this time.

Some weather models predicted that November would be wetter than normal but that December will be dry.

The models have a poor record of accuracy. The first part of the prediction has been on the money, and it is hoped that the second part will be wrong.

Below is a map showing the percent of rain fall for this time of year. The Western Negev has received three times the normal amount.

Map shows that most of Israel has received far more than the usual amount o rain for this time of year.

Map shows that most of Israel has received far more than the usual amount o rain for this time of year.

 

 

Another Deluge of Rain on the Way but No Snow Except on Hermon

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

The second storm of the young winter is headed for Israel with more needed rain but no snow, except on the Hermon mountain.

Forecasters predict that it will rain on Eilat, an event that usually occurs only two or three times a year, and that up to three inches of rain will fall in the north and central regions.

Flash floods are predicted in the Arava and Dead Sea areas, which may receive an unusually large quantity of rain, possibly an inch.

The rain will follow deceivingly warmer than usual weather on Friday and will begin falling with the temperature Saturday afternoon, with the full force of the storm coming on Sunday and early Monday before weakening. No rain is forecast next week after Tuesday and temperatures will rise.

The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) now lacks 2.49 meters (slightly more than 8 feet) before reaching the level where the Degania dam must be opened to prevent flooding in the beachside city of Tiberias. Opening the dam also will bring much needed water to the Dead Sea via the Jordan River.

There has  been no need to open the dam for 21 years.

Satellite Photo of the Snow

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

The above is a NASA satellite photo from this morning showing the snow in the Jerusalem environs and up in the Golan.

3.9 Feet of Snow on the Hermon

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

According to the Hermon Mountain website there are 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) of snow on the upper Hermon and 1 meter (3.2 feet) of snow on the lower part of the mountain.

The Kinneret rose 10 centimeters since Wednesday.

Snow Falling in Gush Etzion

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Snow began falling shortly before midnight in Gush Etzion, which includes some hills higher than all other locations south of Tzfat (Safed). Snow also was reported in Kiryat Arba, and 10 snow plows are on standby Jerusalem is expected to be covered with white in the morning.

The snow is expected to reach the southern Hevron Hills and the Central Negev by Friday. Heavy snow has been falling all on the Hermon all day, and 3-6 feet is forecast to cover the upper ski slopes.

Heavy rains, accompanied with high winds, have drenched Israel from the northern border to south of Be’er Sheva. Two inches of rain fell in Jerusalem in eight hours on Wednesday, bringing the amount of precipitation for this time of year well above average.

 

Wicked Storm from Russia ‘Attacks’ Israel with Rain and Snow

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A wicked and rare early winter storm plowed into Israel Wednesday, and weather forecasters predict between four and eight inches of rain will fall in the north, with gale force winds and possibly snow in Jerusalem and the higher hills of Judea and Samaria.

Snow is rare in Israel in early December, and predicting the white stuff in the country is as tricky as forecasting anything else in the Middle East. A tiny shift in the winds often moves a weather system towards or away from land, and a change of one or two degrees in the temperature can spell the difference between rain and snow.

This week’s system is a woozy, and the only questions are whether the rains will be drenching or extremely torrential, and if snow will accumulate in Jerusalem.

Rain fell in central and northern Israel last week after a dry November, and some communities in the western Negev received as much as four inches of rain. The Kinneret began to rise for the first time since last spring, but that is only a sneak preview of what is in store for the country from today through Sunday.

Before it is all over, more than three feet of snow is expected to have fallen on the upper slopes of the Hermon, which would allow for a very early opening of the ski season next week, weather permitting.

The Ministry of Agriculture predicts that up to seven inches of rain will fall in the northern Golan Heights, six inches in the Haifa area, 2-3 inches on the Kinneret, 5-6 inches around metropolitan Tel Aviv, 2-3 inches in the northern Negev and more than half an inch in the parched Arava desert.

The storm is rare in its expected intensity and length because it is headed from Russia, via the Black Sea, an unusual occurrence in early December. Meteorologist Tzachi Waxman of Meteo-Tech said, “A cold wave like this is exceptional for this time of year and usually occurs in January and February.”

Torrential rains will raise the level of the Kinneret dramatically once run-off begins from mountain streams.

The downside of the storm will be the usual flooded streets, traffic jams and power outages resulting from electric poles and wires downed by heavy winds and from heavy demand for power by everyone using electric heaters to stay warm.

Air traffic at Ben Gurion may be disrupted, which could knock out the schedule of U.S. Secretary John Kerry who is to land in Israel on Wednesday. With a bit of luck, good or bad depending on your view, he might not be able to land at all.

Heavy rains and strong winds, which may reach gale force velocity, began falling in the northern Negev late Tuesday. Weather maps indicate a rare phenomenon for this time of year will occur on Wednesday, when rain is expected to fall over the entire country, from the northern border to Eilat.

Snow on Wednesday night will cover Tzfat (Safed) and other higher elevations in the northern Galilee and the Golan Heights, and it will continue on Thursday, with occasional thunderstorms throughout the country.

There is a chance of snow in Jerusalem and the mountains in Judea and Samaria and the Negev on Thursday and a higher probability that snow will fall on those areas Thursday night and Friday. However, there is no assurance that the snow will accumulate below altitudes of 2,800 feet, the height of most of the highest areas in Jerusalem. Parts of Gush Etzion and the southern Hevron Hills are as high as 3,000 feet, where accumulation is more probable.

Flash floods will smash through the Judean Desert and Arava.

Private weather forecasters predict that the storm will continue to pummel Israel on the Sabbath before weakening late in the day. It will be extremely cold Saturday night, with possible sub-zero temperatures in higher elevations.

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