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March 6, 2015 / 15 Adar , 5775
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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.

 

 

Netanyahu Takes Credit for Heading ‘War against Snow’

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is so eager to win positive publicity that his office issued an official press release Thursday to show how he took time out to phone officials  about the snowstorm bearing down on Israel.

The Prime Minister, besides trying to win re-election, has to worry about Kerry, Obama, the ISIS, Syria, Hamas, Abbas, Hezbollah and his upcoming speech in Congress, but that does not prevent him from taking the helm when snow comes.

One might think that the police need the Prime Minister of Israel to tell them to make the salt trucks are ready to roll. Ditto for the Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino, Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, all of whom Netanyahu’s office said were consulted in a conversation.

Netanyahu declared to the officials, for the entire nation to hear:

The supreme goal for everyone is to save lives and facilitate essential services for residents in storm-affected areas.

That must be a big relief to Israelis, who now know that the Prime Minister is in charge of the war against snow, which Israel always loses because this is not New York, Chicago, Boston, Moscow  or Montreal. Actually, the opposite is true.

If we need the Prime Minister of Israel to tell the police , the Hem Front Command, the mayor of Jerusalem and the IDF to make sure the snow plows are in good shape, we might as well pack up and start over again in Uganda,.

This election campaign is so personal, so nasty, so lacking of any true discussion of serious issues and so disgusting, that every party leader is taking credit for everything from sunrise to the appearance of the new moon.

Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, has bragged about he is responsible for the reduction of water and electricity rates, which is a joke since the tariffs are determined by bureaucratic experts and not political pressure.

Tzipi Livni, whose HaTnuah party was so pitiful that she had to merge with the Labor party to save her political face as well as that of her new partner Yitzhack Herzog, claims that Netanyahu freed terrorists and that she is tough on Hamas.

It was Livni, like almost every other leader, who also agreed to free terrorists, and it was Tzipi Livni, who was Foreign Minister in the Olmert administration, who agreed to a “cease-fire” with Hamas to end the three-week Operation Cast Lead campaign against missile and rocket attacks from Gaza.

And it was Livni, two years earlier, who compromised Israel by accepting a toothless United Nations resolution to end the 34-day Second Lebanon War against Hezbollah.

 

 

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

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