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Heavy Snow on Golan to Spread to the Negev Desert

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A massive system of frigid air will whip most of Israel late Thursday night and Friday morning and bring snow to areas that have not seen the white stuff for 20 years or more.

Arad, Dimona, Upper Haifa, Modi’in, Karnei-Ginot Shomron, Maaleh Gilboa, Nazareth, Kfar Saba and possibly Ben Gurion Airport will probably be covered in white Friday morning.

Snow is falling on the Hermon ski slopes and the northern Golan Heights at this time (early Thursday afternoon), and rain in other areas will turn to snow when temperatures plummet tonight. The airport in Haifa has been closed, and police probably will not allow cars to travel on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.

Last December, heavy snow trapped motorists.

Snow will fall through the night, but by Friday afternoon it will turn back to rain in lower areas. Snow will continue falling on communities where the altitude is above 2,000 feet, and later in the day above 3,000 feet, which includes Hebron, Nevei Daniel in Gush Etzion, and Tzfat (Safed).

More than a foot of snow is likely to be dumped on Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills.

Smaller accumulations will fall on Arad and Dimona in the northern Negev, and possibly on Be’er Sheva and Kiryat Gat.

There is a chance that Tel Aviv residents will see snow mixed with rain.

Anyone who does not want to lift a snow shovel, and who is not in a hurry, can wait around for a couple of days. The forecast for Sunday is freezing temperatures in the morning but significant warming in the afternoon.

On Monday and Tuesday, it will be warmer than usual. There is a chance for more rain – but no snow – later next week.

Meanwhile, the Kinneret continues to add an inch or so a day, and the entire country has received the amount of precipitation that usually falls for the entire year.

 

Snow on Thursday, Summer on Monday

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Snow will begin to fall on Thursday evening, and Israelis in Jerusalem and even on the hills of Carmel overlooking Haifa will see a winter wonderland Friday morning.

Up to a foot may fall on Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Hebron.

The unusually late snowstorm will be accompanied by high winds and freezing temperatures that will bring snow to areas as low as 200 meters (1,000 feet), which includes Karnei-Ginot Shomron in Samaria, Nazareth, Upper Haifa, Modi’in and Arad and possibly even on Ben Gurion Airport and as far south as Be’er Sheva in the Negev Desert.

There is a chance that snow also will fall on Maaleh Adumim, a rarity. Rain and hail will fall on Tel Aviv.

Rain will fall Thursday morning and turn to snow by evening and continue through the night. Snow will be occasional on Friday and will resume at higher levels at night and Saturday morning before ending.

The storm will bring approximately 4 inches of precipitation to the Hermon and higher hills in northern Israel. Using the usual equation that one inch of rain equals 10 inches of snow, accumulations will reach three feet on the upper slopes of the Hermon.

At least 2 inches of rain is expected to fall on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), which along with run-off from mountain streams next week will raise the level of the lake significantly.

Even the Jordan Valley will be blessed with an unusually large amount of rain, possibly more than in inch, and half an inch will fall in the Arava, north of Eilat.

As usual, the snow will not stay on the ground for long. The thermometer will rise on Sunday and by Monday, it will be pleasant and warmer than usual, with lots of slush.

However, winter can’t be over because Purim is two weeks away. The holiday usually is wet.

 

 

 

 

Snow, Lightning and Floods in Northern Israel in Photos

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Heavy snow closed the Hermon ski slopes and roads in the Golan Heights Friday morning, while residents in the coastal city of Nahariya, near the Lebanese border, are coping with floods that have made some roads impassable.

More than five inches of rain fell in Nahariya in the past 24 hours, and Netanya, between Haifa and Tel Aviv, has joined the growing club of communities that have received their annual average yearly amount of precipitation.

The Kinneret added another inch but still is 12 feet away from the level at which a dam would have to be opened to prevent flooding, which has not happened since the fierce winter in 1991-1992.

Kinneret watchers are counting on this week’s storm to raise the level significantly once mountain streams flow into the lake.

The storm literally divided the country, with the south remaining dry but cold under partly cloudy skies while the north is drenched.

The storm will reach its peak today and weaken on Shabbat.

Occasional rain may linger around on Sunday and Monday, followed by warm temperatures.

Weather models show that another storm system, with snow, may make its way to Israel by next Shabbat.

Waves smack the Mediterranean Coast on the shores of northwest Israel.

Waves smack the Mediterranean Coast on the shores of northwest Israel.

 

Lightning in the winter.

Lightning in the winter.

Haredim brave high winds at Har Zeitim (Mount of Olives) cemetery in Jerusalem.

Haredim brave high winds at Har Zeitim (Mount of Olives) cemetery in Jerusalem. Photo: Flash 90

Snow Forecast Update: Brace for Gale Force Winds

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

The updated forecast as of Sunday evening in Israel point to heavy rains on Wednesday, with winds of up to 65 miles an hour, and snow in the evening at altitudes of 2,500 feet in the northern Galilee and Shomron.

The storm will spread southward Wednesday, temperatures will drop and snow will fall at altitudes as low as 2,000 feet, which includes the Lower Galilee, Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, the southern Hebron Hills and Mitzpeh Ramon in the central Negev.

The storm will weaken on Thursday but will leave behind very cold temperatures.

This storm is a bit of a fooler. The temperatures on Tuesday will change very quickly in the afternoon and will catch doubters off guard as the thermometer heads for freezing.

The snow will be heavy in the north, and large amounts of hail are forecast in low-lying areas.

As for amounts of snow in Jerusalem, tune in tomorrow. It is too early to know right now..

What is certain is that flash floods will rumble down the Jerusalem and Judean Hills into the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea.

This is unofficial and  bit too long-term to be considered certain, but there is  chance of another snowstorm next week.

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.

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