Posts Tagged ‘winter’
The winter season has finally arrived in Israel – for real – and the winter weather is here along with it. Hot chocolate, soup and fresh crusty bread with all the extras are definitely in order for the next few days.
Skiing fans are celebrating the light snow that began falling Thursday morning on Mount Hermon. But bundle up; it’s cold out there! According to reports from the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS), more snow is expected to blanket the mountain peaks by Thursday night.
The Hermon area is closed to visitors due to the winter storm conditions so the celebrations are a little premature. It’s going to take a little bit before the ski resorts can get their places underway.
Children in the Golan Heights likewise can expect to have a reason to pull out their sleds by Friday: the white stuff is predicted to drop upon the region in the Golan as well.
The snowstorm will send a few flurries towards the Galilee region, but that area is more likely to see raindrops than flakes – lots of rain.
Israel’s Water Authority in particular is hoping that the next few days of precipitation will be enough to restore the four centimeter drop in the water level of Lake Kinneret that was found when the basin was measured this week. The lake, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is considered Israel’s largest reservoir for drinking water.
Plunging temperatures, whipping winds and stormy conditions are expected elsewhere around the country starting towards the end of the day on Thursday and continuing to Sunday.
Likewise, the central and southern regions in Israel can expect to see rainfall. Flash flooding warnings have been issued in the Negev and around the Judean desert, particularly in the Dead Sea region.Hana Levi Julian
Starting Sunday, headlights are required on intercity roads in Israel. Trucks, buses, and motorcycles have to put headlights on inside cities too.Jewish Press News Briefs
Monday morning dawned grey and cold and wet and powerless for thousands of Israeli families in central Israel whose homes were hit on Sunday with the first winter storm of the season.
Hundreds of thousands of homes suffered intermittent blackouts.
High winds, rain and hail led to hundreds of homes losing power and basic infrastructure being damaged in some areas, according to the Israel Electric Company. Fallen trees damaged power lines in many areas, creating further damage but also dangerous situations in neighborhoods with children and pets.
Gusts of up to 75 to 92 kilometers per hour were recorded at Ben Gurion International Airport, which remained open despite the rain and hail. Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv was closed by the Israel Airports Authority for several hours but reopened by the afternoon.
By Monday morning, some homes Herzliya, Ra’anana, Netanya, Hadera, Ramle, Kfar Saba, Ness Ziona, Rehovot and even in some Tel Aviv neighborhoods were still without power.
A construction worker was killed in Pardes Hanna, and two people were hurt when a ten collapsed in the Jewish community of Har Bracha in Samaria. Flash flooding brought rescue workers out in force to extract people from vehicles unexpectedly caught in the storm, and people trapped in elevators when the power went out.
By mid-morning Monday, the sun was peeking out, however, despite a forecast that held the promise of more rain for later in the day and into the week, possibly until Thursday.Hana Levi Julian
The first heavy rains of the fall-winter season are expected to fall Sunday and continue intermittently through Wednesday.
Flash flood warnings have been posted for the eastern and southern regions.
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast for Sunday, although temperatures will remain high. On Monday, colder weather will accompany more showers and thunderstorms, and occasional rain is expected as far south as the northern Negev on Tuesday and Wednesday.
By Thursday, the storm system will get in its last licks with a bit of light rain until late morning or early afternoon.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Muslim, Christian and reform Jewish clergy have put together a YouTube video, a prayer so to speak, to ask God to deliver Boston from more snow.
“The winter from hell” has brought Boston within inches of a 20-year old record of 107.60 inches of snow. The white winter has disrupted commercial and personal life in the city, and several members of the clergy got together to produce a light-hearted video and rely on prayer to for God to send relief to the city.
Thirteen members of the clergy from mosques, churches and Reform temples appear in the video below, which carries a message of “We are in this together.”
“Boston, are you weary?” asks Rev. Jay Williams of Union United Methodist Church.
“Weary of digging out?” says Rev. Burns Stanfield of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston.
The video features a verse from Jeremiah 29:7: “Seek the welfare of the city.”
Looking on the good side of things, the multi-faith clergy call on Bostoners to help each other and smile while thinking of those poor southerner who “don’t have the luxury of snow days.” “Can I get an Amen?” asks Rev. June Cooper of the City Mission Society of Boston.
While the men and women of the cloth are having fun with a video, someone else has found a novel way to get rid of the snow and make money. Kyle Waring is selling 10 pounds of snow for only $89, including shipping.
“I put the snow in a plastic bag, and put that in tinfoil,” he told Boston.com. “Then I put that package in an insulated container that’s an inch and a half thick, and ship it overnight. It’s sealed tight in Omaha steaks packaging.”
Snow is falling in Jerusalem as the country braces for what may be the biggest winter storm of the year. A light blanket of white dropped upon the hills and mountains in Israel’s northern region.
Residents hunkered down under frigid temperatures, gale force winds and unusually high waves along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. Government officials met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make final preparations on services needed to meet any challenges that could arise during the bad weather.
Roads were closed down due to difficult conditions in several areas in northern Israel, with the strong possibility that the same might happen on the main arteries into Jerusalem, depending on the level of snow accumulation.
Icy rain had already begun falling by Thursday morning as far south as the northern Negev desert. “It is a maximum storm,” Arad resident Coby Schneider told JewishPress.com. “Raining and absolutely freezing and they say we will see snow here too.”
Precipitation is expected to continue Friday, with strong winds through the Sabbath and the possibility of flooding as well.Hana Levi Julian