Ein Gedi Botanic Garden

Ein Gedi Botanic Garden
Seek the serenity of a Judean Desert sky in Autumn at the Ein Gedi Botanic Garden

Friday, February 20, 2015

US-Israel Bilateral Deep-Freeze 'Gets Physical'

Perhaps the Creator has decided to embody the diplomatic "deep freeze" that has been taking place between the White House and Jerusalem -- showing what that can actually look and feel like when words become physical reality. 

Jews who learn Torah know, of course, that words do translate into reality at some level in any case. It is why we are warned to be careful with our words.

So this week has been an interesting one for weather around the world but especially in the United States and Israel.

Meteorologists reported record-breaking low temperatures in the United States and saw the second 'super storm' of the winter in Israel.

The Holy Land was covered with snow on Friday morning -- with some areas buried under as much as 10 inches of the white stuff -- and the central region continued to benefit from a gullywasher's worth of rain. But by midday the southern region of the Holy Land shone with brilliant sunshine and temperatures were back in the mid-50s.

Early Friday morning, Feb. 20 2015 this Negev yard was covered in snow. Four hours later, it was beautiful -- but bare.

Just one day earlier Israelis were shivering in the cold with freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions. 

The second "super storm" of this winter blanketed even southern Israel's Negev towns with snow on Feb. 19, 2015.

Even communities in the northern Negev saw a few inches of snow and lost power for short periods of time.

Meanwhile, at the same time 5,000 miles away on the other side of 'The Pond'...

The Hudson River was freezing over, on the West Side of New York City. The East River did the same on the other side of the city, with New York commuters who use the ferry service standing at the riverside, staring at the ice with wonder mixed with horror.

Broadcast news anchors repeated the symptoms for frostbite on local channels and correspondents issued warnings for locals the “make sure to keep every body part covered.”

At two degrees Farenheit the temperature dropped to a record low for the third time this week.

Pipes burst: not only water pipes but also those carrying sewage through the Big Apple.

Further north, the fast-flowing river beneath Niagra Falls was sluggish and in fact had begun to freeze over by Friday as well.

Weekend weather forecasts predict more snow for New York – and rain for Israel. Go figure. 

Has Barack Obama made up with Binyamin Netanyahu yet? 

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