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67th Independence Day: Snow on Hermon, Rain on BBQs and IAF Flyover

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Snow fell on Yom Ha’Atzmaut on the Hermon for the first time in 32 years Thursday, and rain from the Northern Negev to the Galilee doused thousands of barbecues.

The unusual weather did not stop the Israel Air Force from carrying out its annual aerial flights over the entire country, from Eilat in the south to the northern border.

Approximately 140,000 visited national parks, holding on their hats on their way.

Gale force winds howled in the Galilee and in higher elevations in the Hebron Hills. During the day, heavy rain fell on several areas, including Gush Etzion and as far south as Kiryat Gat, 27 miles north of Be’er Sheva.

The annual air show featured old Beechcraft prop planes and modern F-15 jets.

President Reuven Rivlin awarded at his official residence in Jerusalem 120 soldiers for their distinguished service.

The IDF opened Arm, Navy and Air Force bases for visitors.

Fireworks at the Knesset - as usual.

Fireworks at the Knesset – as usual. (Flash 90)

Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha'Atzmaut,.

Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force jets fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.

Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force planes fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.

Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha'Atzmaut - hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.

An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha’Atzmaut – hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.

Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.

Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Weather Forecast Rains Out BBQ for Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Israel’s favorite pastime on Yom Ha’Atzmaut is the Bar-B-Que, known in Hebrew as “mangal,” but it is going to be rained out in most of the country if the weather forecasters are right.

Predicting weather in Israel between winter and summer is tricky, and weather models differ on the amount of precipitation. Some forecast very heavy rain and others less than an inch.

All of them agree that it will be very windy and cold on Thursday, which would save Israelis from having to fan the coals if it weren’t for the probability that the coals will be too wet to light.

High winds and no rain would be a near-certain disaster for Israel’s few forests, which are dry enough to go up in flames if ignited by a spark for a mangal.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut is observed one day earlier than usual this year in order to prevent wholesale desecration of the Sabbath.

Remembrance Day ceremonies have been moved up to Tuesday night and Wednesday, followed by Independence Day the following day, which will be the 4th of Iyar instead of the actual date  of the 5th.

Temperatures will rise Sunday and Monday, when it will be warmer than usual for this time of year , but they will plunge on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by rain at night and on Thursday, possible as far south as the northern Negev.

Friday also will be wet and windy.

April is headed for the record books as the wettest ever.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Mt. Hermon Open and Free for Pesach

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Entrance to the Mount Hermon sky resort and tourist site will be free for Passover.

In addition, guided tours will also be free during the holiday. Only use of the cable lift to the upper mountain will carry a fee.

While there’s not much snow left, there are bike trails, hiking trails and extreme mountain sleds.

The mountain starts at 1600 meters above sea level, and its peak is 2040 meters above sea level. The resort area covers 5000 acres of terrain.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Snow Forecast This Week for all 50 States [video]

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Snow is uniting the American people, so to speak.

An area in every one of the 50 states, including Hawaii, will see snow this week, according to the WeatherBell site.

This week will be the first time since 2012 that even Florida will see snow.

New York is expected to get another 3-4 inches today, with snow and freezing rain making travel conditions very dangerous on the I-95 as far south as North Carolina.

Global warning got another knock in the head in February, which was the coldest in New York since 1934. The average temperature in Ney York last month was 24 degrees Fahrenheit, 11 degrees below normal.

Here is look at  January’s blizzard in the Big Apple.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Boston Muslim and Reform Jewish Clergy Pray to Stop the Snow [video]

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Muslim, Christian and reform Jewish clergy have put together a YouTube video, a prayer so to speak, to ask God to deliver Boston from more snow.

“The winter from hell” has brought Boston within inches of a 20-year old record of 107.60 inches of snow. The white winter has disrupted commercial and personal life in the city, and several members of the clergy got together to produce a light-hearted video and rely on prayer to for God to send relief to the city.

Thirteen members of the clergy from mosques, churches and Reform temples appear in the video below, which carries a message of “We are in this together.”

“Boston, are you weary?” asks Rev. Jay Williams of Union United Methodist Church.

“Weary of digging out?” says Rev. Burns Stanfield of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston.

The video features a verse from Jeremiah 29:7: “Seek the welfare of the city.”

Looking on the good side of things, the multi-faith clergy call on Bostoners to help each other and smile while thinking of those poor southerner who “don’t have the luxury of snow days.” “Can I get an Amen?” asks Rev. June Cooper of the City Mission Society of Boston.

While the men and women of the cloth are having fun with a video, someone else has found a novel way to get rid of the snow and make money. Kyle Waring is selling 10 pounds of snow for only $89, including shipping.

“I put the snow in a plastic bag, and put that in tinfoil,” he told Boston.com. “Then I put that package in an insulated container that’s an inch and a half thick, and ship it overnight. It’s sealed tight in Omaha steaks packaging.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Photos: Shabbos Will Be White in Israel [video]

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Photo Essay: Shabbos Will Be White in Israel

 

This is not a snowstorm. This is a blizzard, even by New York’s standards.

 

More than a foot of snow has fallen in Jerusalem and Gush Etzion, three inches in Arad, and even Be’er Sheva saw the white stuff that will leave most of the north and half of the center covered in white on Shabbat.

High winds whipped the snow into drifts and downed several power lines.

Jerusalem is without bus service, and the two main highways from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are closed, as are many roads in the Golan Heights, the Upper Galilee, the road from Gush Etzion to Jerusalem, and part of the highway north of Be’er Sheva

Power blackouts were reported in several parts of the country, and schools wereclosed from the north to Dimona.

Part of the main highway north of Be’er Sheva was closed because of ice on the road.

Snow fell, without accumulation, in Carmel for the first time in 20 years.

Snow will turn to rain in most of the country by Friday afternoon, but freezing temperatures will turn many roads to ice overnight.

Temperatures will rise slightly on Sunday and sharply on Monday and Tuesday, melting away much of the snow.

Later next week, weather models indicate that Israel is on target for more heavy rain, without snow, except on the Hermon ski slopes.

If you don;t believe snow fell on Carmiel, several miles east of Haifa, and Dimona, east of Be’er Sheva, here is proof from two YouTube videos.

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Frosty Visits the Kotel

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Snow on Temple Mount

Photo of the Day

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