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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.

Golan Heights Reindeer

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

According to GoIsrael, Odem Forest, in the northern Golan, is the home of a deer reserve, with many different species.

Nearby you can also see Rujum al-Hiri (Circle of Ghosts), a Megalithic structure about 5,000 years old that researchers believe was used for ritual purposes, burial or as an astronomy observatory.

And feeding reindeer?

Photo credit: FLASH90

Photo credit: FLASH90

Jerusalem Light Rail System Back in Operation but Woes Pile Up

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Jerusalem’s light rail system is back in operation for the first time since the “snowstorm of the century” shut it down and crippled the capital last Thursday, but the city’s problems are far from over.

Thousands of cars are blocked in by plowed snow, and pedestrians often walk in the middle of the street instead of on icy sidewalks, creating worse traffic jams than usual. However, the municipality’s parking police have no problem pounding the sidewalks to hand out parking tickets.

The entrance to Jerusalem from the Tel Aviv highway is heavily congested because of thousands of Israelis from “snowless” regions who have flocked to the city to get a glimpse of the white stuff, much of which now is black from car exhausts.

Parents are up in arms over a Jerusalem education official’s request to school principals that students help clear snow so that all schools can open.

Nurses and other hospital staff have been working 12-hour shifts to ease the problem of transportation, especially in the late evening and early morning when streets are icy.

Snow Abandoned Cars Ransacked and Stripped on 443

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Dozens of cars stuck and abandoned on Highway 443 due to the snow storm were ransacked over the weekend.

Most of the thefts occurred near Shmuel’s Tomb.

Among the objects stolen from the cars were batteries, engine parts, and personal items left inside the vehicles.

Still No School in Jerusalem and Environs

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Jerusalem municipality, along with the municipalities in Gush Etzion have decided that there will be no school again on Monday. It was decided that the road conditions are too icy for safe travel.

Intercity buses have begun running again on a limited basis, but local Jerusalem transportation is still not running.

Precipitation in Jerusalem 50% of Annual Amount

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Torrential rains and the “snowstorm of the century” last week have left Jerusalem with 51 percent of its annual amount of precipitation, according to observations by the Israeli Meteorological Service, and the winter has barely begun.

Be’er Sheva, where many areas still are flooded, now has accumulated 63 percent of is annual rainfall and more than double the amount for this time of year.

Rainfall so this year in metropolitan Tel Aviv is 44-50 percent of its annual average, and Tiberias, which borders the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), has received 131 percent of the usual rainfall for this time of year and one-third of its annual average.

Most of Israel’s precipitation usually falls from late December to early March. No more rain is in sight until early next week.

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.

Dead Sea Works Sends 100 Tons of Salt to Jerusalem

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

In an effort to help reopen the roads in and around Jerusalem, the Dead Sea Works sent 100 tons of Dead Sea salt to Jerusalem yesterday, to spread on the roads, according to a report in The Marker.

No word yet on whether they included a complementary package of Dead Sea mud, or Ahava skin cream in their care package.

But, at least someone is thinking.

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