Saturday, January 30, 2016

Weather It Is (Oh, For Simplicity)

Good Evening:

Oh, I how long for the simple days of yesterday.  Then, one could track a storm moving across the southern United States.  One could also watch a mass of cold air diving south, and then wait for the not too distant development of a low pressure area along the North Carolina Coast.  With a little luck, we were in for a big snowstorm, and we always got more -- as we lived just north over the mountains beyond the New York State Thruway on the eastern side of the Hudson River.

Here, we get wind of a storm sometimes two weeks in advance, but then the storm disappears off the maps only to reappear a few days later.  Then, we finally get some assurance that it's coming, but then it arrives with a whisper and not a shovelful of snow.

Last week I drove from the Rimon neighbourhood in Efrat in a blinding snowstorm (elevation 939 m) around the corner, down the road, around the park to my home (elevation 891 m).  Where was the snow, I wondered?  The Efrat neighbourhood of Zayit Shemen -- actually the same elevation -- had a couple of inches of snow (5 cm) one morning, when we had just half an inch (1 cm).

Residents of the area describe 10 centimetres of snow at Carmei Tzur (960 m and about 10 km down the road), while others describe heavy snow in Alon Shavut, but no accumulation was seen in Efrat (other than a dusting) Wednesday evening.

Oh, how I long for the days when forecasting was simpler.

Looking ahead: we did get a glimpse for a chance of rain this coming Tuesday, and maybe a more serious storm the following week. But, now, the chances are just 10%.

For those of  you who like warm weather, Wednesday and Thursday will be quite mild.

What will follow? Let's see if the maps change again -- but it will at least turn cooler with a chance of rain showers by Shabbat and the following week.

Barry Lynn

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