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May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
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NYC All Prepped Up But ‘No Snow Go, Mayor DeBlasio’

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

It was supposed to be “the historic storm that was,” one of the “biggest in half a century” in New York City.

By 9pm Monday night Mayor Bill DeBlasio had ordered all vehicles off the streets by 11pm, warning there would be certain punishment for citizens who disobeyed. The snow plows would need room to move, he said; salt trucks would have to be able to get through to keep the slippery streets safe. Emergency vehicles would need a clear path to be able to get by to help those who were stuck around the city.

Residents were told to “stock up” just to make sure, in case their electricity went out or the stores stayed closed. Thousands of tax dollars were spent on city preparations for the big event.

But as morning dawned Tuesday, New Yorkers discovered they were not really snowed in at all. In fact, there was little more than a coating of the white stuff on lawns in front of most homes around town. Most areas in the Big Apple were barely covered in fact, with only 5.5 inches (13 cm), max, seen in the city’s Central Park.

Grim weather forecasts were quickly downgraded (“oops!”) and the city’s transport bans were quietly lifted even as blizzard warnings remained in effect along the New England coast from Long Island to Maine.

All nine MTA bridges and tunnels are already open to traffic, according to the MTA website. The Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, NYC Transit Bus and Subway Service and Staten Island Ferry were all gradually being restored on a Sunday schedule Tuesday, with full weekday service to return by Wednesday.

Unapologetic, “This is a better-safe-than-sorry scenario,” de Blasio told CNN. “We did what was necessary to keep everyone safe.” Public transportation is expected to return to normal in New York City on Wednesday, officials added.

The situation was not nearly as rosy elsewhere along the eastern seaboard. At least 7,500 flights have been canceled at airports along the coast, both for arrivals and departures. Schools remain closed up and down the coast as well.

More than two feet of snow (60 cm) dropped in Massachusetts alone, where thousands are still without power local media report, and Connecticut saw nearly as much, 20.5 inches (52 cm).

The National Weather Service warned at midday Tuesday there were still life-threatening conditions along the New England coastline with gale-force winds and almost zero visibility in New Hampshire.

NY Blizzard Forces El Al to Cancel ‘001’ Flight to JFK

Monday, January 26th, 2015

El Al has canceled its popular 001 after-midnight flight from Ben Gurion Airport to JFK in New York because of the expected blizzard that is forecast to cripple the Northeast in the United States.

Flight 027 to Newark, New Jersey will take off 11 hours late, and the flight from Newark to Tel Aviv will leave six hours late, but all schedules are subject to change,

More than 1.400 flights have been canceled because of forecast of up to 3 feet of snow and winds of up to 65 MPH.

Update on Snow: All but Certain for Wednesday and Thursday

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Forecasters are more certain than ever that the prediction for snow next week is correct, and the outlook now is that Gush Etzion, the Hebron Hills and Mitzpeh Ramon will see the white stuff on Wednesday and Thursday.

It is too early to predict accumulations, but the snow will be more than flurries, which always excites panicking Israelis into rushing to the nearest grocery story to stock up for the winter.

Unlike most snowfalls in Israel, this one will not melt away so quickly, according to meteorologist Uri Batz, probably the most widely known weather forecaster in the country.

If Uri Batz says it will snow, then it will snow, plain and simple. He has been wrong in the past, but so has Warren Buffet.

He predicted Friday morning that the snow will begin Wednesday morning and besides the usual accumulations on Israel’s ski center on the Hermon, it will fall in the Galilee, Jerusalem and at higher altitudes as far south as the central Negev.

The snow will taper off during the day on Wednesday but resume in the late afternoon and continue until Thursday morning, followed by freezing temperatures that will turn the snow on sidewalks and streets into ice rinks at least until the Sabbath.

Now, after having said all that, remember this is a forecast in Israel, where the only thing certain is uncertainty.

 

First Religious Female Air Force Navigator among Israelis Killed in Nepal Avalanche

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Three Israelis, including the first religious woman to serve as an Israeli Air Force navigator, were killed Wednesday morning in in a snow storm in the Himalayas in Nepal.

A fourth Israeli remains missing, and at least 28 others were killed, but dozens of others are missing. Twelve Israelis were among approximately 60 hikers who were rescued by helicopters.

The navigator was identified as 24-year-old Tamar Ariel, from Masuot Yitzchak, a religious moshav near Ashkelon. The other two known Israelis to have died in the tragedy are Nadav Shoham, 30, of the national religious community Hoshaya in the Galilee, and Agam Luria, 23, from Kibbutz Yifat.

The Foreign Ministry first knew of the disaster from foreign news reports that began trickling in several hours before the Shemini Atzereth-Simchat Torah holiday.

One Israeli who is traveling in the area told The Jewish Press that the travel agent with whom he is hiking confirmed the victims were their clients. He added,”There have been torrential rains from a cyclone in the area, with as much as several inches a day for three days.”

The avalanche was on a popular trail known to tourist guides and hikers.

Air Force Airlifts Generators for Blacked-out Towns in Samaria

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The Israeli Air Force has airlifted generators to end an electricity blackout in the Jewish communities of Itamar and Shiloh in Samaria (Shomron.)

The two towns, along with several other smaller communities, have been without electricity since last Thursday because of the savage storm that crippled Israel with more than three feet of snow and torrential rains in low-level areas. Teams of repairmen have been working around the clock to restore the electrical supply to all the hundreds of disconnected homes.

Aharon Katsof, a resident of Aish Kodesh in the Binyamin region of Samaria, told Tazpit News Agency, “We have been without power for five days.  We have been using wood for heat, and gas for cooking. We also lost our water supply, so we melted snow for water. During the first days we had a problem with food supplies, and we were completely cut off.

“At some point the army began to provide us with food. Those who had wood-heating hosted those families who had none. We had communal meals. Today, most cars were dug out of the snow, and so we can get in and out; the siege has been broken.”

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.

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/precipitation-in-jerusalem-50-of-annual-amount/2013/12/15/

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