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September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776

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Howling Winter Storm Drops Snow, Sleet, Hail and Rain

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The wind is still howling through the Negev and the snow has piled up in the ski resort of Mount Hermon, where operators already had closed down the access road before the first flakes fell.

By 9 am some 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow had fallen at the ski resort.

Snow has continued to fall in the Golan Heights and the Galilee, with some gusts of up to 80 kilometer-per-hour (50 mph) winds.

By 10:30 am, the white stuff was drifting down on to the holy city of Jerusalem. At midday, a shopper in the capital told em>JewishPress.com that the supermarket he was in was flooding from “who knows where.”

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

“J.R.” reported it was “freezing, just freezing” in Jerusalem and that “everything – you name it – is coming down from the skies.”

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Snow was continuing to fall in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba at 1:30 pm Monday. Rain, sleet, and some hail mixed with snow were spotted in the northern Negev as well.

Roads around the Dead Sea region – in particular, Highway 90 – closed down due to flooding.

Freezing and close to freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Jerusalem and points north.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Forecasters Expect 3-Day Winter Howler

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

The wind was already howling in the Negev by 12 noon on Sunday. Operators at the Mount Hermon ski resort had closed to access road to the site by midday, with a few inches of snow already dusting the landscape.

But that was just for starters. Forecasters are predicting a three-day storm to hit the region, with up to 80-kilometer (50 mph) winds starting Sunday night.

It almost seemed as though, having worn out its “whiteout weekend welcome” on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, the blizzard had decided to cross the Pond and visit Jewish cousins in the Middle East.

In Jerusalem, city service workers pruned trees quickly to prevent branches from snapping and tearing down power lines.

Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water ordered the Israel Electric Company to avoid disconnecting customers during the storm whose bills were in arrears.

In Tzefat, Ziv Medical Center prepared its emergency room personnel for a possible influx of arrivals with hypothermia.

Snow is forecast as far south as Hebron and the south Hebron Hills, with possible snow fall in the mountainous regions of the Negev – and as far north as the Golan Heights.

Thunderstorms, high winds, some hail and freezing temperatures were forecast for the northern Negev and the central region of the country.

Temperatures will be slightly higher in Tel Aviv, with some rain and wind. Further south, the winds will weaken but the possibility of flash flooding still remains in the forecast at least through Tuesday.

Since Monday is the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat – the holiday of the blossoming the trees – it is ironic and yet wonderful that such an abundance of nurturing moisture should drop on the Holy Land precisely at this time.

Hana Levi Julian

Jews Walk to Synagogue in NYC’s 2nd Biggest Blizzard in History

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Jews in New York City had to walk to prayers Saturday night in the second biggest blizzard ever to hit the city.

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Jewish Haztolah emergency team was able to keep one Jew from becoming a New York City statistic. There were three deaths directly related to snow-shoveling: one on Staten Island and two in Queens, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at a briefing late Saturday.

At around 7:45 pm Saturday night, the 51-year-old man was clearing the snow from his car when he stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest – but a bystander called Hatzolah.

Divine Providence intervened — and a Hatzolah volunteer happened to be standing only 50 feet away, also clearing his vehicle. He grabbed his equipment and raced over, calling for backup as he flew. Within seconds an ambulance arrived with paramedics and they whisked the man away – pulse restored – to a nearby hospital.

An emergency travel ban was imposed on New York City 6,000 miles of roads but is set to be lifted by 7 am ET.

More than two feet of snow fell on New York – and nearly everywhere else on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States over the weekend.

Nearly 7,000 flights have been cancelled in airports up and down the East Coast. Most of the approximately 4,500 cancellations on Saturday were at New York airports and those in the Washington DC area. Approximately 2,500 cancellations have come in for Sunday and the number is still rising. According to the FlightAware flight tracking service, cancellations have also started for Monday as well; hundreds of people had cancelled their flights by Saturday night. All major airlines issued waivers for the cancelled flights.

The travel ban on New York City streets imposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also applied to Nassau and Suffolk counties and took effect Saturday at 2:30 pm Saturday afternoon, prohibiting all but emergency vehicles from being on the road. “When the snowfall reaches a certain rate, the plows cannot keep up,” Cuomo told journalists.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he was coordinating decisions with Cuomo. “We are making decisions regarding the roadways in the northern part of the state that lead into New York in conjunction with the governor,” Christie said.

By 4 pm Saturday, all outdoor subways in New York City had shut down due to the storm. Underground subway operations were to continue “as long as feasible,” De Blasio told reporters. Three hundred vehicles in New York City had been towed and there were 270 motor vehicle crashes in the city by midnight Saturday.

All the public libraries, zoos and major museums in New York City closed by 3 pm or earlier. Broadway shows were canceled. A Bruce Springsteen concert set for Sunday at Madison Square Garden was postponed.

Hana Levi Julian

Snow Falling on Mount Hermon, Winter Storm Starting in North

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The winter season has finally arrived in Israel – for real – and the winter weather is here along with it. Hot chocolate, soup and fresh crusty bread with all the extras are definitely in order for the next few days.

Skiing fans are celebrating the light snow that began falling Thursday morning on Mount Hermon. But bundle up; it’s cold out there! According to reports from the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS), more snow is expected to blanket the mountain peaks by Thursday night.

The Hermon area is closed to visitors due to the winter storm conditions so the celebrations are a little premature. It’s going to take a little bit before the ski resorts can get their places underway.

Children in the Golan Heights likewise can expect to have a reason to pull out their sleds by Friday: the white stuff is predicted to drop upon the region in the Golan as well.

The snowstorm will send a few flurries towards the Galilee region, but that area is more likely to see raindrops than flakes – lots of rain.

Israel’s Water Authority in particular is hoping that the next few days of precipitation will be enough to restore the four centimeter drop in the water level of Lake Kinneret that was found when the basin was measured this week. The lake, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is considered Israel’s largest reservoir for drinking water.

Plunging temperatures, whipping winds and stormy conditions are expected elsewhere around the country starting towards the end of the day on Thursday and continuing to Sunday.

Likewise, the central and southern regions in Israel can expect to see rainfall. Flash flooding warnings have been issued in the Negev and around the Judean desert, particularly in the Dead Sea region.

Hana Levi Julian

The Snowman Cometh

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The long-awaited winter storm, first reported by The Jewish Press.com here yesterday, is strengthening and is turning into a more of a monster than first predicted, with snow possible in Jerusalem.

Weather models still are not in agreement on how far south the snow will fall and if it will accumulate, but most models indicate that there will be snow on the ground in the Jerusalem in areas 900 meters high, which includes Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion and Hebron.

Snow is expected in Safed (Tzfat) and other areas in the upper Galilee and possibly in the central Golan Heights. More importantly, there will be rain, and lots of it, with up to four inches in some areas.

The precipitation now is expected to last through Saturday morning.

Very light and occasional rain fell in several areas of Israel Tuesday afternoon, and more will fall on Wednesday, but the serious stuff begins early Thursday morning.

Rain will fall from the north to the northern Negev with isolated thunderstorms, strong winds, and a strong chance of flash floods in the Arava and Dead Sea areas.

The white stuff will cover the Hermon and the upper Golan Heights and spread to higher peaks in the north and central regions.

If any snow accumulates in the Jerusalem area, it won’t be around for very long caucus temperatures are expected to rise on Sunday, although still below the norm for the season.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Winter Finally on the Way with Snow Possible in North

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The long-awaited winter is finally on its way to Israel.

After a dazzlingly wet start that drenched the south in October, the country has been suffering from what has become a traditionally long dry spell after the first rains.

Rain so far this season has been concentrated in the south, but now it is the north’s turn. If the weather models do not change, snow is likely on the Hermon and possibly on the peaks in the Upper Galilee on Friday.

Up to four inches of rain are expected by Saturday morning in the Jerusalem area, three inches forecast for the upper Golan Heights and metropolitan Tel Aviv, and 2-3 inches for the Western Galilee and the upper Jordan Valley.

Nearly an inch of rain is predicted for Be’er Sheva and in the northern Negev.

The rainy season officially started after the Simchat Torah-Shmini Atzeret holiday, as in the last three years, got off to a dousing start but mainly in the south.

Precipitation in several areas, such as Ashkelon and Tel Aviv, still is 50 percent above the normal amount for this time of year, but northern farmlands are dying from thirst.

Rainfall is only 45 percent of the average for this time of year in some areas in the Galilee.\

That should change by Shabbat.

Dry winds from the east have parched Israel Monday, but temperatures will drop by Wednesday, when local rain will begin and develop into a storm in the north and central regions on Thursday.

The weather models sill are not clear how far south the storm system will spread. The optimistic models indicate that heavy precipitation will hit the north Negev and north of the Dead Sea on Friday and Shabbat.

Looking way ahead, an even more powerful system is on the distant horizon two weeks away, but weather predictions in Israel more than four days in advance have to be taken with a lot of salt.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

8 Dead in Texas as Wild Winter Weather Whips State

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Eight people have died so far after wild weather swept across northern Texas this weekend.

A series of tornadoes, some with torrential rains, hail, thunderstorms and lightning, struck the Dallas area. Fires were reported in some locations.

In western Texas, a blizzard was expected to dump at least 16 inches of snow on the region by Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. Farenheit temperatures had plunged into the teens.

By Sunday morning, four people had died in motor vehicle accidents, according to Garland police spokesperson Joe Harn. A fifth person in the town also perished but it’s not clear how.

Two people died in the town of Copeville and one person died in Blue Ridge, according to Fox 4 News. Rowlett police spokesperson Det. Cruz Hernandez was quoted as saying several in his town were injured but there was no specific number; two families were still barricaded in their homes.

Hana Levi Julian

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