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"A7News: Snow covers Jerusalem, Rain in North, Storm causes Damage."
to John: look what happen in the MidEast right now !
Light Snow Covers Parts of Jerusalem, 8 Inches of Rain in North
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Light Snow in Jerusalem
force winds and heavy rains drenched Israel Sunday and Monday, dropping
20 centimeters (eight inches) of rain in the far north, more than two
meters (seven feet) of snow on the upper Hermon Mountains, and light
snow in parts of Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.
Video: Snow at the Har Etzion Yeshiva in Gush Etzion
storm also caused millions of dollars of damage along the Mediterranean
Coast and disrupted power after dozens of trees fell on power lines.
snow in Jerusalem and Gush Etzion quickly disappeared after dawn and
was not enough to delay school openings, but the white stuff gave
residents the satisfaction of seeing snow after several months of long
hot summer and rainless November.
The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee)
rose by nine centimeters (over three inches) since the storm began, and
the level will continue to rise as runoff reaches the lake from
mountain streams. However, an accumulated shortage still leaves the
Kinneret and Israel’s underground water resources seriously depleted.
rain is expected at the end of this week, but weather forecasters say
the system will be much weaker and will move out of the region by
Most schools in the northern Golan Heights were
closed this morning (Monday) as snow plows tried to clear the roads of
up to 3.5 feet of snow that the storm system dumped on the area
In most areas from the northern border to the
northern Negev, rain often fell at the rate of more than an inch an
hour. Be’er Sheva recorded 7.5 centimeters (three inches) of rain
The savage storm system weakened late Monday
morning, and seasonal temperatures, under partly cloudy skies, are
expected to return on Tuesday, with the possibility occasional light
rain in the north.
The longer-term forecast calls for warmer
than usual weather on Wednesday and Thursday followed by a sharp drop
on Friday, with rain in the north and central regions and more snow on
The wicked winds and heavy rain ravaged the entire
region, killing three people in Egypt when a factory collapsed.
In Israel, police said a Russian tourist died after he was blown into
the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday. His body was washed ashore on a
metropolitan Tel Aviv beach.
An ancient pier in Caesarea, north
of Tel Aviv, was destroyed by the winds, which reached hurricane force
of 75 miles an hour off the coast.
Ben Gurion airport was forced to delay several incoming flights, some of which were canceled or diverted to Cyprus and Egypt.
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Storm Causes Damage, Replenishes Water Supplies
by Maayana Miskin Storm Brings Water, Damage
raged in Israel on Sunday, bringing heavy rain to the center and north
of the country and clouds of dust to the south. Seawalls broke down in
Caesaria and Tel Aviv, leading to concerns for the security of the
ancient Caesaria port.
In Be'er Sheva, which was hit by a dust
storm blowing up from Egypt, the level of particles in the air was 10
times the limit deemed acceptable for pollutants. In Jerusalem air
quality was over the limit by a factor of eight, and in Tel Aviv, by a
factor of four.
High winds were reported throughout the country,
with wind speed reaching 100 kilometers per hour in some places. The
winds pushed storm clouds north.
Several people suffered
storm-related injuries, including a man in Netanya who was moderately
wounded when a falling tree branch struck his car.
storm caused some damage, it also brought much-needed rain. In Haifa a
total of 130 millimeters fell, approaching the monthly average of
140mm. Tzfat got 164mm, and Naharia, 143.
Less rain fell in the
central coast. In Tel Aviv, only 15mm fell. However, experts said they
expect water levels in streams and other reserves to continue to rise
Snow fell in the Hermon. Weather forecasters said snow will continue to fall Monday as well.
The dust is expected to subside by Monday morning, while stormy weather is expected to continue.