Yes, I know there are elections in 12 days time. I know that the White House has made some very controversial and uncomfortable nominations for important government posts. I know that the Middle East is in huge and violent turmoil.
But who cares? It’s snowing! Not in Petach Tikva unfortunately (we’ve just got the rain, wind, thunder and hail) but in all the mountainous regions and basically anywhere more or less above sea level. (I exaggerate only slightly. :-) )
My newly-married daughter now lives in Elazar in Gush Etzion and sent me a series of photos of the snow all around her yishuv. (Click one of the pictures to see the gallery, and click “escape” to go back to the blog).
Meanwhile, my son who is studying in Ariel University has sent in his own photos of the snow in Ariel: (Again, cllick one of the pictures to see the gallery, and click “escape” to go back to the blog).
Even Dimona Dude’s (the new son-in-law’s) hometown of Dimona, down south in the hot Negev desert, has received snow! The chutzpah! Note to the Authorities on High – Petach Tikva is still waiting for its share of the snow.
Here’s an amazing picture from my son’s friend who lives in Har Bracha in the Shomron (Samaria):
Here are a few photos from around the Israel web. The photos will link to the websites:
And of course let’s not forget the snow in the Golan Heights:
Besides all the fun and games, the wintry weather has had the added bonus of a huge rise in the Kinneret’s water level: It has risen 69 cm since the weekend! (Possibly more today).
And if you’re really curious about how much rain has fallen in your neighbourhood, the ToI tells us of a clever website that measures your local rainfall. Here’s the link to the aptly named Rain.org.il.
As for Petach Tikva – this is what it looks like at the moment: