Barry Lynn
Intersection of Science and Policy

Is that Really Bad Weather on The Way?

Clouds layering over Gush Etzion (Barry Lynn)

Waves of low pressure will affect our weather during the next several days, until early next week.  As noted by Yaakov Cantor, of our Israel Winter Weather group, high resolution forecast models from the Meteorological Service are indicating the potential for very heavy rains tonight into tomorrow, with possible flooding, especially in central and southern areas.

Strong low pressure should develop tonight near Cyprus tonight and a cold front passage will bring heavy rain and very strong winds.  Expect thunderstorms and hail as well.  The upper level trough associated with the low will cut off and meander over us for several days.   Moreover,  periodic incursions of colder air will lead to continued redevelopment of low pressure and continued periods of heavy rain lasting into Sunday, if not Monday of next week.

It’s a little bit hard for our weather group, including Jonathan Hoffman, our other member who is wondering will all our snow be virtual this winter (i.e., somewhere else (i.e., NYC today), but not here)?  At the moment, it does indeed appear that way.

But, how do we describe both the weather and our feelings about what’s to (or not) transpire. Are we to be devastated, like the US administration was over the death of a 6-year-old girl in Gaza?  Is our weather going to be violent, like our attacks on Rafah, within Gaza? Will the heavy rain and wind be “over the top,” like our attacks on HAMAS positions and persons? Has war ever been anything but violent?  Is not every death a tragedy?

Weather can be quite dangerous and even lead to fatalities, but does that mean there was a massacre, as HAMAS described the Israel police and special services rescue of two hostages.

Waiting for a tornado to pass can by terrifying, and living through a war can certainly be described as “A Night Full of Horror,” but does that mean it’s necessarily because of evil intent?

Why does the world insist that Israel must feed the Gazans? Somehow, they have made us responsible for their welfare as a result of the war the Gazans started and continue against us? In fact, Senator Van Hollen incorrectly accuses Israel of war crimes. Why? Because the families of hostages and their supporters have been blockading the passage of food. They want their relatives back and they want to create pressure to make it happen. Where is HAMAS (the government of Gaza in this equation? Egypt?)

If those who speak so freely, throwing words around as if they have no real intrinsic meaning, were to redirect their anger and perhaps take real action against HAMAS, the war could be over tomorrow.

About the Author
Dr. Barry Lynn has a PhD in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences. He has an undergraduate degree in Biology. He is a researcher/lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the CTO of Weather It Is, LTD, a weather forecasting and consulting company.
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