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.

Jerusalem Snow and More Snow and Black Ice

Snow in Jerusalem, Israel,

I waited for it to come,

and wow, did we ever get a lot of it!

Now I will try to explain how much snow there was 

and how crazy these last few days have been for so many of us.

What a mess it was when the white stuff started coming down.


After a night of pouring rain,

it started snowing heavily around 7:00 am on Thursday.

By noon, 10 cm had accumulated, wreaking havoc with school and work schedules.

At midday, the sky cleared briefly, with a white covering on the ground,

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and I could see the Israeli flag was still flying over the Knesset building.

It then continued snowing most of the day,

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and by Friday, Jerusalem felt as if it was under siege.

In the words of the prophet Ezekiel, on “tenth of tenth month” of Tevet,

the Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem. 

The fast day took on new significance this year.

Jokes were going around, but for many, it was not so funny.

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Each day we were buried under new and increasing piles of snow.

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Five days after the storm began,

our small side street was finally plowed.

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Sometimes the snow let up,

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leaving Jerusalem looking a bit like Switzerland,

but if you look, those are the roofs of Nahlaot in background,

 covered in white with no red tiles showing.

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Cleaning snow off cars with squeegees seemed like a good idea,

even if you could not get anywhere.

We left a good snow shovel in Maryland when we sold our house,

who could imagine needing it in Israel?

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Friday there was no heat for thousands because of power outages, 

so it was warmer outside in the sunshine than inside.

Fallen branches blocking side walks were a common sight.

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Major intersections were plowed, I thought these piles of dirty snow

looked more like Boston than Jerusalem.

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Real snow plow or not, this was the only one

I actually saw moving the stuff covering the road.

See that sign on the right?

This was to have been a weekend with special hotel deals for tourists.

I doubt many made it with the roads into Jerusalem

 shut down for most of day.

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There were more people out on these streets when they

were shut down for Obama’s speech last summer.

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This woman with small children was out early,

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but not many others ventured out into the winter wonderland.

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Usually popular when it snows, Gan Sacher, Sacher Park was empty,

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  the folks with big dogs were the first ones in the park.

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Each day I had to clean the steps of new accumulations.

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When the room temperature became less than the temperature in the fridge,

I moved the thermometer inside to check on the food.

Fortunately we have gas to cook with,

since our power was off for four days.

It was a very quiet Shabat.

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So now the snow has stopped, and it is time to get out from under.

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People began to get together to dig out their cars.

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It was time to walk to the store and buy some milk, eggs and bread.

Then on the fifth day of the siege after the snow stopped,

black-ice covered the Jerusalem streets in the morning,

with people falling and cars skidding.

At least there are plans being made for some schools to open tomorrow,

perhaps with late openings.





or whatever you want to call it.

I wanted a lot of snow for viral photo material,

but forgot to ask for electric power and working computer.

So watch what you ask for, no matter how crazy it may be,

like half a meter of snow in Jerusalem, it just could happen.

More Jerusalem snow photos   HERE

Oops, better push ‘publish’ fast, some of our power just went out….again.

Time for Tu B’Shevat in Jerusalem

Last week Jerusalem, Israel, was a winter wonderland,


snowing hard enough that even friends from Norway and Canada commented.

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However, by Friday afternoon it had warmed enough that

 our snowman was not looking so good and had lost one radish eye.

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A few dirty old piles of snow and ice are still around,

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while piles of downed branches line many Jerusalem streets.

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Large limbs of trees fell near the Prime Minister’s residence,

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and many large trees like this one came down because of the weather.

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In the Davidka Square, all the newly planted trees were ruined; 

only one branch was left dangling after the snow damage was cleaned up.

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When the sun came out and temperatures warmed up, not everyone

seemed to be bothered by the branches that littered the sidewalks.

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Post-snowstorm,  there is still plenty to clean up on the streets,

 but if you are looking for ice,

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 you’ll have to go once again to the Machane Yehuda market, the shuk,

where the fish shops are filled with fresh fish on ice.

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At the shuk, fresh figs were on sale yesterday ahead of Tu B’Shvat,

the New Year for trees, ten days from now:

a perfect time to plant new trees.