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Second Jerusalem Snowfall and Climate Changes

Jerusalem Snow
Picture: Noam Honig for Ynet
It’s very rare that Jerusalem receives two snowfalls in one year. But Tuesday’s new white out makes many wonder if there is indeed a connection between this kind of phenomenon and climate changes that are attributed to global warming. It has already been noted that January has been recorded as the coldest in more than 15 years, and although the winter of 2001-02 saw it snow three times in the Holy City, overall temperatures so far this winter have been colder.

This brings to mind the environmental movie made in 2004 by former U.S. Vice President and now Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore; who did an excellent job of explaining why the word’s climate has been so crazy, and what are the main causes of this change. Israel’s weather patterns have been changing and this may explain why there are sometimes freak rain storms in September and May, unusually hot weather in early June, and definite winter weather in mid to late February.

Global warming, according to Al Gore‘s presentation, is causing the earth’s Polar regions to thaw out at an alarming pace. This also holds true for many alpine regions, such as the Andes Mountains in South America, and even the Himalayas, which contain the world’s highest mountains. The phenomenon of global warming and depletion of the earths’ ozone layer, does not necessarily mean that the earth is heating up overall. What is does mean is that the resulting change in the world’s ocean currents, both warm and cold, have having major affects on the world’s climate. This may explain why so many deadly storms, including hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones and tornadoes have been causing such much death and destruction in many parts of the world while other areas are experiencing severe drought.

Israel, like other eastern Mediterranean countries, relies on rainfall that comes from storms occurring in Europe, which eventually make their way east. Many times these cloud formations do not reach us since they are literally ‘pushed away’ by strong, dry eastern air currents which come from the Arabian Desert and other arid eastern regions. While our levels of precipitation may not be entirely connected with weather changes caused by global warming, there is widespread agreement by meteorologists that recent erratic climate changes have been influenced to a certain extent.

According to what is noted in Mr. Gore’s documentary, if present levels of hydrocarbon emissions are not reduced, in less than 25 years the polar ice cap may melt almost entirely during the summer months. This also holds for the massive ice shelves that surround Antarctica, the world’s seventh continent. If this happens, not only will weather patterns be greatly effected, but oceans and seas, including the Mediterranean, will rise high enough to at least partially submerge many coastal cities, including Israeli cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa.

All this is definitely food for thought; especially in a part of the world that has a constant fresh water shortage. So we should enjoy the snow that is falling here, as some of this water will eventually reach the underground aquifers and also our main fresh water source, the Kinneret. Who knows, maybe snow will fall in March as well.


  1. For 22 years, from 1976 to 1998, carbon dioxide level and average earth temperature both increased. This resulted in a scary Hollywood movie and world-wide global warming hysteria. Group-think developed in the climate science community where peer-review bias led to de facto censorship and a paucity of published studies that objectively investigate the extent to which human-produced carbon dioxide contributes to global warming. It has been over nine years now and atmospheric carbon dioxide level has continued to increase but temperature has gone down. Apparently no one did any real research before or they would have discovered that 440 mya the planet plunged into the Andean-Saharan ice age when atmospheric carbon dioxide was over ten times the present level ( ). With a little further real research they would have discovered that, in the current ice age, temperature trends have changed direction at many different temperature levels. This could not occur if there was significant positive feedback. They might have also noticed that carbon dioxide level change lagged temperature change by hundreds of years. The forced conclusion from all this is that non-condensing greenhouse gas, and therefore human activity, has no significant influence on global temperature.

  2. What a great time for photos of the Holy city! Real nice job on the above photo.

    Have fun, enjoy and stay warm.

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