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December 1, 2015 / 19 Kislev, 5776
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2 Die in Israel’s ‘Heat Dome’ Weather

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The worst heat wave to hit the Middle East in more than a decade has claimed its second victim in Israel, an 18-year-old teen.

The young man was in the Jerusalem area when he was evacuated to a local hospital with symptoms of heat stroke. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The death followed by less than a day the general systems collapse of a one-year-old baby who was rushed to Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat Monday night. The baby arrived at the hospital with symptoms of dehydration and a fever of 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 degrees Farenheit.) Medical personnel attempted to save the baby’s life, but to no avail.

The extreme weather in Israel is expected to cool down slightly be Thursday or Friday.

But as the weekend progresses, meteorologists are reporting there may be “scorching conditions.” The public is being warned to exercise caution in order not to endanger lives.

The recent “heat dome,” as it is being called, is a type of high pressure ridge that is passing over the region. It has surprised some meteorologists in its intensity and has really tested Israel’s electricity grid, which so far is holding out.

Elsewhere in the region, record temperatures have stunned area weather mavens: temperatures as high as 50 C (122 Farenheit) almost broke thermometers in Iraq.

But in the city of Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, home to 100,000 people, it’s been even hotter, as hot as 56 C (134 F), with a heat index that made the weather actually feel like 164 F on Friday.

Israel Energy Use Breaks Record High in Heat Wave

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Israel’s energy consumption broke all previous records on Sunday (August 2) as a massive heat wave hit the region, escalating in the afternoon to new highs.

Electricity usage in the Jewish State peaked at 3:30 pm in the afternoon to 12,525 megawatts. This left a reserve of approximately 900 megawatts, according to the Israel Electric Corporation – a very slim margin indeed.

The previous record for peak summer consumption was reached at 11,880 megawatts on July 19, 2012.

The all-time record high usage – for all weather, all seasons and all times – was reached this year at 11,930 megawatts on January 12, 2015.

The new all-time all-season usage record was set on Sunday at 12,525 megawatts – but the week and the heat wave – are just beginning.

Temperatures are not expected to drop until nearly the end of this week.

Middle East Heat Spikes Close to World Record

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Cooling mechanisms for computers, electronics and… um … nuclear reactors … probably were working overtime this weekend. Friday’s high temperatures in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran just missed breaking the world record, with a heat index measuring 163 degrees. The actual temperature itself was “only” 46 Celsius (115 degrees Farenheit) but the dew point hovered at 90 degrees. The heat index is what the temperature actually feels like outside.

In this case, it felt like being inside the average 25-hour overnight Sabbath oven.

The highest world heat index ever recorded (an unofficial record) was in July 2003, when it hit 178 degrees Farenheit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, according to weather writer Christopher Burt. According to the Guinness World Records website, the official highest recorded temperature is 56.7 (134 Farenheit), which was measured on 10 July 1913 at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California, USA.

In Iraq, the Council of Ministers declared a nationwide four-day mandatory holiday beginning last Thursday, due to the heat.

In Israel on Saturday thousands of Arab protesters across the country ignored the heat and continued violent attacks on Israelis and security forces, in addition to rioting. A week of gratuitous anti-Israel Arab violence brought with it a Jewish ‘price tag’ arson attack on an Arab family in the village of Duma, near Shechem that killed a toddler and badly wounded his parents and sibling. In response, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization called for a “Day of Rage” that resulted in an uptick of Arab attacks nationwide, prompting Israel Police to move to high alert. Thousands of Jewish protesters in Tel Aviv waved banners and picket signs to protest the attack. Across the country, the heat really was on.

But most of the rest of Israel was either on the beach or hiding at home in air conditioning.

Temperatures in Israel have been sweltering this past week too, though by no means at the country’s record high, which measured at 54 C (129 Farenheit) at Tirat Tzvi on June 21, 1942. Today’s high (August 2) in Jerusalem is again expected to spike to 38 C (100 Farenheit) – but will feel like 41 C (106 F).

AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani said in a statement Friday, “That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen, and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world. Sagliani predicted “more astounding apparent temperatures” in the region for the next several days.

Weather Forecast: 100 Degrees in Jerusalem

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

It won’t be plain hot on Shabbat. It will be boiling hot.

It gets even worse on Sunday, and a horrid heat wave will stick around for several days. Sunday will be the worst, when temperatures will reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit (47 Celsius) in Eilat, but the rest of the week simply will be a bit “less hot” but not  “cooler.”

Even Jerusalem thermometers will hit 100 degrees (38 Celsius) on Sunday after reaching 95-97 degrees Fahrenheit (35-36 Celsius) on Shabbat.

The central plains, immediately east of the Mediterranean Coast, will be muggy, with the humidity at 70 percent at temperatures in the upper 90s.

Rare summer thunderstorms are expected in the Dead Sea and Eilat areas Sunday afternoon and evening.

Hold tight. Winter is on the way in about three months, and don’t start whining for summer when it snows.

18 Dead, 13 Missing in Texas Flash Floods

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Flash floods ripped apart the roads and highways in Houston, Texas, washing away homes and bridges.

At least 18 people have died so far, 13 more are missing and countless others are still navigating the waters in kayaks looking for their loved ones.

Four states – Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas – have been hit by tornadoes, rainstorms and flash floods; basically, one storm after another since the past weekend. And the bad weather is expected to continue.

The death toll in Texas and Oklahoma is also continuing to rise. A flash flood warning was broadcast across the region again on Wednesday morning. Rain was already lashing the area by 8 am local time, with some three more inches of rain expected, if not more.

67th Independence Day: Snow on Hermon, Rain on BBQs and IAF Flyover

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Snow fell on Yom Ha’Atzmaut on the Hermon for the first time in 32 years Thursday, and rain from the Northern Negev to the Galilee doused thousands of barbecues.

The unusual weather did not stop the Israel Air Force from carrying out its annual aerial flights over the entire country, from Eilat in the south to the northern border.

Approximately 140,000 visited national parks, holding on their hats on their way.

Gale force winds howled in the Galilee and in higher elevations in the Hebron Hills. During the day, heavy rain fell on several areas, including Gush Etzion and as far south as Kiryat Gat, 27 miles north of Be’er Sheva.

The annual air show featured old Beechcraft prop planes and modern F-15 jets.

President Reuven Rivlin awarded at his official residence in Jerusalem 120 soldiers for their distinguished service.

The IDF opened Arm, Navy and Air Force bases for visitors.

Fireworks at the Knesset - as usual.

Fireworks at the Knesset – as usual. (Flash 90)

Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha'Atzmaut,.

Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force jets fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.

Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force planes fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.

Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha'Atzmaut - hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.

An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha’Atzmaut – hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.

Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.

Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.

Weather Forecast Rains Out BBQ for Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Israel’s favorite pastime on Yom Ha’Atzmaut is the Bar-B-Que, known in Hebrew as “mangal,” but it is going to be rained out in most of the country if the weather forecasters are right.

Predicting weather in Israel between winter and summer is tricky, and weather models differ on the amount of precipitation. Some forecast very heavy rain and others less than an inch.

All of them agree that it will be very windy and cold on Thursday, which would save Israelis from having to fan the coals if it weren’t for the probability that the coals will be too wet to light.

High winds and no rain would be a near-certain disaster for Israel’s few forests, which are dry enough to go up in flames if ignited by a spark for a mangal.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut is observed one day earlier than usual this year in order to prevent wholesale desecration of the Sabbath.

Remembrance Day ceremonies have been moved up to Tuesday night and Wednesday, followed by Independence Day the following day, which will be the 4th of Iyar instead of the actual date  of the 5th.

Temperatures will rise Sunday and Monday, when it will be warmer than usual for this time of year , but they will plunge on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by rain at night and on Thursday, possible as far south as the northern Negev.

Friday also will be wet and windy.

April is headed for the record books as the wettest ever.


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