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November 30, 2015 / 18 Kislev, 5776
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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.





Weather Warning: Snow May Bury Half of Israel Friday

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Half of Israel will be buried under snow by Friday if weather models are confirmed by the real stuff on Thursday, Friday and Shabbat.

First, the excuses.

Weather models are not forecasts, the difference being a matter of time. As we have written before, weather, politics and everything in Israel is unpredictable, except for the eternal faith that the Jewish state will survive.

It is unusual that different weather models reach the same conclusion four days before the due date of a weather system to arrive, but that is what has happened this time around.

Weather forecasters have had their fingers burned several times by relying on weather models that were a “sure bet,” only to stare at the maps in shock 24 hours before the “due date” and watch the clouds take a U-turn, or depending on your political viewpoint when looking at the maps, a left or right turn.

One weather buff wrote on the Tapuz forum in Israel, “There is agreement among all the models for this to happen. The expectation is so extreme that even if it becomes more moderate and temperatures are one degree or so warmer than expected, snow will fall at levels of 800 meters,” which would include Jerusalem.

According to current models, snow will accumulate as low as 300 meters, which would include the Lower Galilee and western Samaria, including Karnei-Ginot Shomron. Snow might fall, without accumulation, in lower areas.

Danny Roop, Israel’s premier snow forecaster, wrote on Facebook, “All models show clear signs of serious snow that will accumulate Thursday night through Shabbat, including Jerusalem and all lower places.”

For the time being, we are talking about 4-10 inches of snow.

Remember, these are weather models and not a forecast, but this time around, it would be well-advised to stock up ahead of time – and keep praying for “rain,” the word in the prayer liturgy that we can dare includes snow.

As for today through Wednesday, it will be mostly cloudy and cold, with a possibility of very light rain in the north tonight and Tuesday.

Rain will begin to fall Wednesday morning in the north and spread to the center, accompanied by a sharp drop in temperatures that will prelude the white stuff at night and during the next three days,

The run-off from mountain streams to the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) is increasing, and assuming this week’s forecast will be realized, most of the 12-foot gap between current levels and flood levels will be erased before the end of the winter.




Snow to Return to Jerusalem

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The current cold spell is expected to continue this week, weather forecasters said Sunday. There may be snowfall in Jerusalem on Thursday.

Sunday evening is expected to be rainy throughout the country. Rain could cause flooding in southern Israel.

Intermittent rain is expected throughout the week. An anticipated drop in temperatures on Thursday could turn rain to snow in the Golan, the Galilee and the Jerusalem region.

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

Several Days of Rain Forecast to Drench Israel

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Several days of heavy rain are predicted to drench the northern and central regions in Israel beginning Tuesday night, bringing a bit of relief to the National Water Authority and anyone who likes to swim or sail on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret).

While rain and snow have blessed coastal regions and parts of the south with more than the usual amount of precipitation for this time of year, areas around the Kinneret have received a bit less than usual. The lake is more than 12 feet (3.74 meters) below flood level.

That is due to change drastically, but southern Israel will suffer from severe dust pollution on its way from Africa this evening. Travelers to and from Eilat are advised that flights are being re-directed from the southern port city.

By tomorrow afternoon or night, the rain will have spread from the center to the northern Negev, according to forecasters, and there is even a chance  of light snow in Jerusalem by nightfall. No accumulation is expected.

The rain will wash away the pollution in the Tel Aviv and other coastal areas, but haze and sand storms will blanket the south , and those who suffer from breathing disorders are advised to remain inside.

Gale-force winds will accompany the storm, which is forecast to dump more snow in the Hermon ski slopes.

Rain will continue into next week, and forecasters are predicting 4-8 inches will fall in some areas.

If predictions come true rainfall and run-off from mountain streams will raise the level of the Kinneret significantly.

In NYC, The ‘Slush Man’ Cometh

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The city that never sleeps is about to be buried under a mountain of slop, according to meteorologists.

On Tuesday morning WINS-1010 News Radio reported that it was only 15 degrees Farenheit in the city and even colder out in the suburbs.

While city residents had for the most part managed to dig out from a weekend snowfall layered with inches-thick ice, they were warned to prepare to be hit again.

High temperatures in New York expected to reach a “heatwave” of 26 degrees would really reach only the single digits when the wind chill factor was figured in. The “real feel” on Tuesday would be “only one degree,” said the meteorologist. For Israelis, it’s minus 17 degrees Centigrade.

(As a means of contrast, in the southern Israeli Negev city of Arad Tuesday at midday, people were walking around without coats under sunny skies and a temperature of about 68 degrees Farenheit.)

“It’s bitter cold” outside and there’s “ice and slush to deal with” the newscaster told listeners. “You can hear the ice and slush crunch under your shoes,” she said. The biggest accomplishment for some pedestrians was “staying upright while walking on the sidewalk,” one local interviewee said.

Snow showers were predicted for Wednesday, “one inch” of snow on the plate for Thursday and a brand-new storm forecast for Friday, possibly lasting for the duration of the weekend.

The past weekend’s storm brought a slushy mix that left nine to 16 inches of wintry junk in the New England region, where three feet of snow piled up just last week.

In Brooklyn residents paid others as much as $100 or more to shovel or plow away between four to six inches of the mess. Drivers took up to half an hour to melt the thick ice on their car windows before heading out on to the slippery roads.

On Monday, the National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning for more than 20 counties in New York State, forecasting up to 16 inches of snow for the eastern Catskill Mountains. Some Long Island schools were either closed or opened late – by early afternoon central Massachusetts was already under a foot of snow.

Rush hour commuters were stopped in their tracks on a packed subway train that lost power in Manhattan. They were stranded for more than two hours with five other trains backed up behind them, waiting until the train was towed to a station.

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