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April 18, 2015 / 29 Nisan, 5775
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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.

Snow Cripples the Big White Apple [video]

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

New York turned white Tuesday morning as the “storm of the century” threatens to cause heavy damage, flooding and death.

Fear of the storm was enough for public officials to call on people to leave work early and stay off the highways.

Trains and buses were packed like sardine cans. The subway system, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, and the George Washington Bridge were shut down at 11 p.m.

Major and secondary roads were declared off-limits from New Jersey to Massachusetts so that emergency vehicles will have access to plow away snowdrifts, which will be piled higher than usual because of gale-force winds that are accompanying the blizzard.

The forecast is for up to 30 inches of snow to cover New York, followed by freezing weather that will leave citizens snow-bound for up to a few days.

Emergencies have been declared from New Jersey to New England, and Boston also has suspended public and private transport.

Snowfall to the south, in Pennsylvania and Maryland, was less than predicted.

Hurricane-force winds of up to 75 MPH are forecast for New England, which will be buried even deeper than New York.

Following is the warning from New York:

Locations: New York City, and southern Westchester County in southeast New York.

Hazard types: Heavy snow and blowing snow, with blizzard conditions.

Accumulations: snow accumulation of 14 to 20 inches.

Snowfall rates, up to 2 inches per hour into this morning.

Winds: north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

Visibilities: one quarter mile or less at times.

Temperatures: in the lower 20s.

Timing: heaviest snow and strongest winds into this morning.

Impacts: Life-threatening conditions….. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.

 


Northeastern United States Gears Up for Epic Blizzard

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Forecasters are predicting another “epic” blizzard that could top the one that buried New York and surrounds last winter.

The “potentially historic” snowstorm could dump up to three feet of snow along a swathe from New Jersey as far as southern Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

New Yorkers were out in force as early as Sunday to stock up on essentials, such as candles, matches, snow shovels, rock salt to melt the expected ice on their sidewalks and extra food supplies.

The blizzard warning was issued as early as this weekend, with shoppers already out in force to scour the store shelves in a 250-mile stretch along the northeastern United States. “Milk, cereal, snacks for the kids, orange juice – in general I made sure we had enough food to last through the storm for the next two or three days,” Brooklynite Shlomit Belilos told JewishPress.com late Sunday night.

Heavy snow, gale-force winds and widespread coastal flooding is predicted in New York starting sometime late Monday afternoon or early evening and continuing on into Tuesday. Snow is expected to fall at a rate of up to two inches per hour at some points.

“This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said gravely at a news conference held Sunday. Holding up a list of the Big Apple’s Top Ten Snowstorms, de Blasio said the predicted blizzard could make the list, which dates back to 1872.

“Don’t underestimate this storm,” he warned. “Prepare for the worst,” he advised New Yorkers, telling them to plan to leave work early today (Monday, Jan. 26.) Forecasters predict that New York City could be buried under snow drifts as high as 26 inches or more.

More than 1,700 flights are expected to cancel departures and arrivals at airports along the Eastern Coast. Airlines have already prepared to shut down operations at major airports, according to the FlightAware tracking site.

Philadelphia could see between 14 to 18 inches, and Boston is expected to get between 18 to 24 inches of snow, with up to three feet west of Beantown.

Wind gusts of 75 miles per hour or more are possible for coastal areas of Massachusetts, bringing with them coastal flooding, and up to 50 mph winds further inland.

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