Nothing new in the lifestyles of people living in the Holy Land whether it was 4000 years ago in Biblical times or today.
Obviously Biblical people didn’t always wear sandals and cotton or linen tunics. Elijah in fact wore a hairy mantel a.k.a. a fur coat.
The first serious winter storm began Friday, December 10, 2010, dropping much-needed rain on the north but so far leaving Jerusalem with only a trace of precipitation and bringing blinding sandstorms to the northern Negev and the capital city.
Heavy rain and fierce winds pummelled countries across the Middle East on Sunday, December 12, 2010. killing a woman in Lebanon, sinking a ship off Israel’s coast and prompting Egypt to close its largest Mediterranean port.
It whipped up sand storms in Egypt and Jordan
Snow on the Benches of a Park in the Golan
, while in the Syrian capital of Damascus
, snow blanketed the streets for first time this winter. Schools sent students home early and children ventured outside to play. Heavy rain and strong winds battered cities along the Mediterranean coast. Syrian authorities closed their main port of Tartous.
Egypt shut down the port of Alexandria, the country’s largest, as well as another in Nuweiba. Authorities stated steady rain appeared to play a role in the collapse of a six-story textile factory in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria. One person was killed, and as many as 40 people were trapped under the rubble, a security official stated, warning that the casualty figure could rise.
High waves pound the coast at Rosh Hanikrah
the Weather Department urged citizens to avoid valleys because of the threat of flash floods. Police stated dust-laden winds reaching up to 55 miles (90 kilometres) per hour obscured road visibility and forced the closure of major highways in the eastern desert linking Jordan with neighbouring Iraq and southern roads leading to the ancient city of Petra, a major tourist attraction.
High waves pound the rocks at Rosh Hanikrah
A police statement said low visibility caused a 10-car pileup in a district south of the capital Amman, which left 16 people injured. Amman airport reported up to two-hour delays in domestic and international flights as a result of the dust storm.
In Lebanon, heavy rains flooded the streets in Beirut and snow forced some road closures in remote mountain towns. A woman died Saturday night when an uprooted tree fell on her car in the northern port city of Tripoli.
Doe at a Park in the Golan
The storm also caused delays in incoming and outgoing flights from Beirut airport and heavily damaged four small training planes parked on the tarmac, flipping some and ramming others into a nearby electricity pole on Saturday. The storm, which caused temperatures to plunge to below freezing in some places, ended weeks of unseasonably warm and dry weather across the region that caused dozens of forest fires in Lebanon and helped feed a massive blaze in Israel that destroyed thousands of hectares of forest.
Off the Israeli coast, a Moldovan cargo ship sunk in stormy weather Sunday about 7 miles (11 kilometres) near the port city of Ashdod. The Moldovan vessel, carrying more than 3,000 tons of metal, was headed towards Ashdod when the ship‘s captain reported water entering the ship, which was rocked by 30-foot high waves in gale force winds of more than 100 kilometers (65 miles) an hour.
Ducks gather in the cold in the golan
The Israeli Navy and Air Force rescued a crew of 11 Ukrainians whose ship began sinking in a savage winter storm Sunday morning on the Mediterranean Sea eight miles west off the Israeli port of Ashdod. An official from Israel’s shipping and ports authority, Yigal Maor, stated the vessel’s 11-member crew scrambled onto lifeboats and were helped by a nearby Taiwanese ship. Some of the crew had jumped into the sea, but no one required medical care.
A Turkish ship also is waiting for help after reporting that it is running out of fuel.
Elsewhere in Israel, rain and hail battered the country while strong winds toppled trees and traffic lights, snarling traffic, flooding streets and knocking out electricity to hundreds of homes. Local media reported that a pier at the ancient port city of Caesarea collapsed, a breakfront at another beach cracked and towering waves washed over the shore of Eilat, a desert resort.
The strong winds broke windows throughout the country and ripped hundreds of trees from their roots, which fell in the street and damaged vehicles. In Tel Aviv, a pier was wrecked, and the heavy winds and rain destroyed several stores and restaurants. Thousands of residents of metropolitan Tel Aviv were temporarily without electricity because of falling branches.