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Not what you’re thinking… this kind of hot:


like 37.1°c (or 98.8°F for the metrically challenged).

Tomorrow’s supposed to go down to a more reasonable 29°c. 


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Weather report

I was woken up at five-something this morning by the wind. Horrible weather. It was 25°c overnight and according the Tzora weather site, the wind is gusting to 66km/h. I thought it was higher. I saw damage to trees this morning, it was hard walking into the wind and the sand and dust was stinging.

Best part is that this will be over before the end of the day. Weather goes back to being something more normal this evening.

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And that’s a good thing because it means we’re having a lot of it. Sorry to bore you all again but we just had over 80mm of rain over the wekend, bringing us up to a grand total of a pitiful 282mm this season. That means we still need another 250mm more to make this even an average year.

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“The wetter, the better”

Ben Dorfman c.1975

Ben Dorfman was the perpetual gabbai or “warden” as we called them then, in the Sutton and District Synagogue. That was back in the 1970s. Ben was refering to the saying of Ben Heh-Heh in the Mishna (Avot 5:26) – le-fum tza’ara agra (according to the effort comes the reward), specifically on the subject of walking to shul in bad weather.

Back there  in  a wet English winter, he wasn’t talking about the way I felt today as the rain pelted down. We had a total of 21mm of rain today and it is supposed to carry on into the night.

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Dust Storm

Horrible weather. This is what it looks like out the window of our offices. My office has a better view of the garden in the middle of the building, but this is on the other side of the building and you can see just how disgusting it is looking out there.

It is supposed to start raining again tonight, but then everything will just gwet washed down with dirty rainwater. Luckily it is going to rain for a couple of days, so it might get cleaned off.

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Yesterday a total of around 30mm was recorded at Tzora next to Beit Shemesh, bringing us up to an annual total of almost 160mm. If we had 13 more days like this we could still get to the annual average of 550mm. It didn’t even rain all day, but when it did it rained really heavily like I haven’t seen yet this year. However with only another month left of the rainy season, the chances are unfortunately slim.

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Today is election day… and it’s raining. These two facts are not really connected, at least not in a cause-effect way unless you believe that the elections are theologically good and that therefore God is sending us rain as a sign of his approval. You know what, there may be something in that, but only if the right guys win :-). Otherwise he’d be angry, wouldn’t he. Maybe that means they’ll win.

For the rationalists agongst us, the connection is that it will mean a lower turnout to the polls and that the centrist and disaffected voters are less likely to turn out. Last election, a whole lot of people voted for the Pensioners Party as a protest against the political process. The pensioners were taken by surprise as they weren’t actually expecting to get in and they ended up doing virtually none of their pre-election promises which were rather over-optimistic. This time, those guys just won’t turn up to vote for Aleh Yarok (legal cannabis party) or whatever.

Whatever, 7mm of rain fell overnight which brings us up to 136mm (hopefully it will be higher when you look at the link). That means we are still over 400mm short of an average year, but let’s be happy for what we do have.

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