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December 20, 2014 / 28 Kislev, 5775
 
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Beauty and the Beast [video]

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

We’re having a wonderful thunderstorm in Israel, though not without its risks as lighting has already struck a few people, roads have been closed due to flooding, and accidents abound.

Here are 2 different views of the same storm.

A waterfall near Neria (below), and flooded roads near the Dead Sea (above).

WaterFall
Photo by: Yaacov Yuval / Tazpit News Agency

Winter Snowstorm Brought Israel New Baby Boom

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

It appears that last December’s unprecedented snowstorm produced August babies.

Hospitals throughout Israel noticed a baby boom last month, nine months after a month of a wicked early winter storm that flooded parts of the country and left a blanket of snow in much of the north and center of the country, bringing many areas to a standstill.

Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot reported 700 births took place this August compared with 500 births last year.

The Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, where women gave birth in a delivery room reinforced against rockets, saw 1,484 births compared with 1,300 the previous year. Most of the new-born babies, as usual, were Bedouin.

“There were a few days in December that we couldn’t leave the house because of the storm, so it was a great opportunity to work on making a baby,” new mother Oxana Belayev told Ynet

What will summer rocket fire bring? Check back with us in nine months.

Heatwave Expected throughout Israel

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Weather forecasters are predicting the first major heatwave of the summer over the next week.

Beginning Friday,daytime temperatures in Jerusalem are expected to top 34 degrees (94 Farenheit) for the next five days, and will top 32 degrees (91 Farenheit) for the next week.

In eastern parts of Eretz Israel, temperatures are expected to hit 40 degrees (104 Farenheit).

The health ministry has warned the public, particularly the elderly and infirm, to avoid extended exposure to the sun over the next week, to avoid physical activity during daytime hours, and to make sure to remain hydrated.

Unexpected Downpour Swells Lake Kinneret, Creates Havoc in Israel

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The sun peeked out just long enough Thursday afternoon for Israelis to see the flooding caused by the “sound and light show” they endured over Wednesday night.

Cracks of thunder and long streaks of lightning interspersed with the downpour that sent sheets of rain down through the skies over Israel, drenching the entire country.

Downpours at this time of year are unusual but not unheard of, meteorologist said. By mid-afternoon Thursday, the skies in southern Israel were once again filled with leaden clouds that appeared once more to be pregnant with rain. It was not clear whether in fact more precipitation was on the way; the forecast calls for the possibility for rain, continuing even into as Friday morning.

Rain is considered a blessing in this part of the world no matter when it arrives. There has been a 2.5-centimeter (one inch) rise in the water level of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) as a result of the record-breaking downpour.

But some may have seen it as a mixed blessing: Fifteen members of the Bnei Akiva youth group were trapped in a southern Israeli parking lot due to the flooding. They were rescued by special teams and evacuated from the scene by helicopter. IDF vehicles prepared to enter the area to help evacuate remaining hikers who had been touring in the area.

Bezeq phone lines were still down around the Dead Sea area at midday and service was sporadic at best.

Cell phone companies were scrambling to restore service in the central region. In the Jerusalem area, Cellcom customers reported all kinds of difficulties in placing their calls and in sending text messages Thursday afternoon.

The company had not formulated a response to the complaints by mid-afternoon.

Further south, near Eilat, Route 90 was still closed to traffic by late afternoon due to flash flooding that swamped the road after a night of thunder and lightning that swept Israel from north to south. Route 31, which had been closed earlier in the day, is now open.

It’s Raining on my Money

Monday, March 10th, 2014

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014.

The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last night yours truly drove to the nearby town of Ra’anana in very serious rain and it got a little scary. Rain in Israel has a similar effect as 2 inches of snow in Atlanta, GA: folks behind the wheel stop thinking rationally.

Don’t ask what happens when we get 2 inches of snow.

Here’s a rain image from the Jaffa Gate in the old city, below David’s Citadel.

Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

It’s Not Even Purim Yet, But Don’t Tell the Plants

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here are some pictures I took yesterday while wandering around the neighborhood on my “fitness walk.”

blossom 3

blossom 4

blossom 1

Many of the almond trees are losing their bloom and getting ready  for fruit/almonds.  It’s all very pretty now, but it has been much too dry.  We’re definitely suffering from drought and it will only get worse later in the summer.

Visit Shiloh Musings.

Another Deluge of Rain on the Way but No Snow Except on Hermon

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

The second storm of the young winter is headed for Israel with more needed rain but no snow, except on the Hermon mountain.

Forecasters predict that it will rain on Eilat, an event that usually occurs only two or three times a year, and that up to three inches of rain will fall in the north and central regions.

Flash floods are predicted in the Arava and Dead Sea areas, which may receive an unusually large quantity of rain, possibly an inch.

The rain will follow deceivingly warmer than usual weather on Friday and will begin falling with the temperature Saturday afternoon, with the full force of the storm coming on Sunday and early Monday before weakening. No rain is forecast next week after Tuesday and temperatures will rise.

The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) now lacks 2.49 meters (slightly more than 8 feet) before reaching the level where the Degania dam must be opened to prevent flooding in the beachside city of Tiberias. Opening the dam also will bring much needed water to the Dead Sea via the Jordan River.

There has  been no need to open the dam for 21 years.

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