Jerusalem Blue Sky, White Snow and More Ice

Stabbing attack, bomb on a bus, and a murder near the Gaza Border,

terror against Israelis is increasing.

But in Jerusalem this past week it was all about the weather.

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The sun is shining and sky is blue,

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and people are walking again along Jaffa Road,

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and eating and shopping in the Shuk, the Machane Yehuda Market.

For some in Jerusalem, Israel, the snow storm of December 2013 is history.


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 many street corners still look like this with heaps of ice and debris.

Nothing in Jerusalem is flat, so there are many steps,

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 including this 99-step stairway that was icy this week. 

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But this fallen tree was blocking them at the top making them useless.

They are off one of the hardest hit streets,

where many were without power for a week because of the storm.

Now new wires are being buried underground.

I had to go around out of my way,

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but I had a chance to meet two of the hasmal electric company guys,

who wanted me to to take their their photo.

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It is a miracle that with blocked icy sidewalks and people walking

on dark slippery streets in traffic that no one was killed or seriously injured.

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This week, a corner where many children cross

near a busy school was still covered with ice.

You cannot really understand Jerusalem streets from looking at a map

or even at photos, as it can rain on one street and be dry on the next.

This week you really feel and see the differences.

While some are out in the sun, 

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others are still trying to get around the mess!

I almost fell today on an ice patch near the Windmill.

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The tree cutters are busy with lots more work to do.

People and buses are sharing same spaces,

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but even with the snow in the background,

the last rose bud was still looking good.

First it was pretty, then it was clean-up time, 

now if they can just get the mess cleaned up before it rains…

After Jerusalem Snow of Century Clean Up Time

While the rest of Israel and world goes about its business, 

in and around Jerusalem it is not back to normal yet.

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Snow and fallen trees are piled higher than a bus stop.

This is just #blizzrael – Blizzard – Israel – Unreal.

If you have lived through a large snow storm,

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then you are familiar with these grey piles of plowed mess on street corners,

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 trying to walk around them, 

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and sharing the space on the cleared streets with slow traffic.

But this is Jerusalem, Israel, not Boston, Buffalo or Brooklyn,

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so there are plenty of palm branches on the ground too.

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Another difference, people here do not leave a piece of furniture 

on the street hoping to save their parking spot.

Most of the pretty white images from yesterday are gone.

There was one pretty scene in front of Beit Hanassi, the President’s residence,

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I guess the President’s staff gave up on clearing the sidewalk,

hoping the sun would do the work for them.

It was warming up finally,

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and this man was out in shorts.

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The Jerusalem cats were back in their favorite spots,

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but the Paris Square Fountain was not flowing.

I have dozens more not-so-pretty photos of mountains of snow,

but I won’t bore you with so many of them.

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The clean up equipment was out, 

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only I always seem to find them on a break.

It is still a great time for tree-trimmers who work with large chain saws.

Along with the sounds of cars honking in blocked traffic,

is the welcome sound of buzzing of chain saws.

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Just look at the amount and size of some of timber that was cut

and left in front of the Jerusalem Theater.

Now is a good time to collect wood for your fireplaces.

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With so many scenes like this one on Emek Refaim Street,

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and these dangerous snowy and icy walkways,

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it is no wonder that a few guys’ crazy idea to run to Eilat,

doesn’t seem so crazy anymore.

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That is confetti not snow, as the runners 

left First Station at the start of their 36 hour, 360 km relay race.

Good luck guys!

We finally got full power back after a week,

so as long as it lasts I am going to 

keep my feet dry 

and hibernate.