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Okay just found this thread,  awesome. The r is SOOOO much going on away from our homeland USA that is quite frightening to a degree and I will be posting lots here to show this.

But first Geomagnetic Issues due to low solar and it will only increase in scope aND magnitude IMO major EQ in Greece

https://electroverse.net/powerful-m6-8-earthquake-strikes-greece-33km-sw-of-mouzaki/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost

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A classic winter storm began to impact central and northern portions of Israel today with strong wind gusts and very heavy rain, leading to locally severe flooding.  These types of storm systems, called "Cyprus lows", bring more than 75% of Israel's annual precipitation. 

 

Below is a loop of the storm's development aloft at 500 mb.  Note how there is a cutoff low in the southern stream over the eastern Mediterranean on Tue that moves slowly east and gradually opens up, then gets reinvigorated as it phases with a vort that breaks off from a northern stream trough passing through Romania/Bulgaria and into the Black Sea today into Fri.  Also note how the northeastern edge of the ridge pokes northeast from Spain/France into central Europe as the northern stream digs down into southeastern Europe.

 

Between 40 and 75 mm (1.6 to 3") of rain has fallen in much of the central and southern coastal plain and the Judean foothills, with 20 to 30 mm in Jerusalem and around 40 mm where I live in the easternmost Samarian Hills.  Totals by the end of the event are expected to be nearly double the current rainfall amounts.  It is unusual but not unprecedented to see such high rainfall totals so early in the rainy season (the peak months of the rainy season are Jan and Feb, with the wet season as a whole generally running from Oct to early May).

 

Also, snow has fallen today for the first time in the season on Mount Hermon, Israel's only ski area.

Here are webcams there (much more useful during the day - from around midnight to 10 AM US Easern time):

https://www.skihermon.co.il/en/

 

Two articles about the flooding:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/50-israeli-children-rescued-by-boat-in-winter-s-heaviest-rainstorm-1.6722524

https://www.timesofisrael.com/50-preschoolers-rescued-by-boat-in-flooded-rehovot-as-rains-lash-central-israel/

 

" Meanwhile, one of Tel Aviv’s key intersections, Azrieli Junction, was brought to a standstill when water damage caused the traffic light system in the area to fail. "

 

"Fifty children and two teachers were rescued by small boat after a kindergarten complex flooded in the central Israeli city of Rehovot on Thursday."

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1 hour ago, Yaakov said:

A classic winter storm began to impact central and northern portions of Israel today with strong wind gusts and very heavy rain, leading to locally severe flooding.  These types of storm systems, called "Cyprus lows", bring more than 75% of Israel's annual precipitation. 

 

Below is a loop of the storm's development aloft at 500 mb.  Note how there is a cutoff low in the southern stream over the eastern Mediterranean on Tue that moves slowly east and gradually opens up, then gets reinvigorated as it phases with a vort that breaks off from a northern stream trough passing through Romania/Bulgaria and into the Black Sea today into Fri.  Also note how the northeastern edge of the ridge pokes northeast from Spain/France into central Europe as the northern stream digs down into southeastern Europe.

 

Between 40 and 75 mm (1.6 to 3") of rain has fallen in much of the central and southern coastal plain and the Judean foothills, with 20 to 30 mm in Jerusalem and around 40 mm where I live in the easternmost Samarian Hills.  Totals by the end of the event are expected to be nearly double the current rainfall amounts.  It is unusual but not unprecedented to see such high rainfall totals so early in the rainy season (the peak months of the rainy season are Jan and Feb, with the wet season as a whole generally running from Oct to early May).

 

Also, snow has fallen today for the first time in the season on Mount Hermon, Israel's only ski area.

Here are webcams there (much more useful during the day - from around midnight to 10 AM US Easern time):

https://www.skihermon.co.il/en/

 

Two articles about the flooding:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/50-israeli-children-rescued-by-boat-in-winter-s-heaviest-rainstorm-1.6722524

https://www.timesofisrael.com/50-preschoolers-rescued-by-boat-in-flooded-rehovot-as-rains-lash-central-israel/

 

" Meanwhile, one of Tel Aviv’s key intersections, Azrieli Junction, was brought to a standstill when water damage caused the traffic light system in the area to fail. "

 

"Fifty children and two teachers were rescued by small boat after a kindergarten complex flooded in the central Israeli city of Rehovot on Thursday."

gfs_z500aNorm_eu_fh-60-36.gif

Wild stuff... Pretty cool seeing all the pieces of the puzzle we're usually tracking in these parts of the world overseas.

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Just an update on the storm in Israel.  It was a once in 10 to 20 year magnitude rain event.  A large portion of central and northern Israel received  between 80 and 200 mm (3 to 8"), with local amounts as high as 250 mm in areas between Rehovot and the eastern suburbs of Tel Aviv.  In my 12 years of living in Israel, I cannot remember an event where it rained continuously with very few breaks for such a long time - about 60 hours in most areas.  The precipitation was convective in nature for much of the event, yet even in the breaks between rounds of heavy rain, lighter rains continued.

 

Large sections of highways and roads, including the major one in Tel Aviv (The Ayalon Highway) were closed for a time during the storm due to flooding.  Many people had to be rescued from their cars.

 

These articles have some nice pictures and videos of the flooding:

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5421567,00.html

https://www.mako.co.il/news-israel/health-q4_2018/Article-a69ba294d5b8761004.htm

 

The north-south gradient in the rainfall was very sharp around the Jerusalem area.   In Givat Ze'ev, about 10 km north of Jerusalem, 146 mm of rain fell.  In Jerusalem itself, around 70-80 mm fell.  In Rosh Tzurim, about 12 km south of Jerusalem, only 30 mm fell!

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This is going to have affects down the road maybe March

 

 

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