It rains! A lot.

On December 28th – the 10th of Tevet in the Jewish Calendar – a special prayer for rain was held at the Kotel in Jerusalem. These prayers were heard!

The 10th of Tevet is a Jewish fast day – the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia is commemorated. The Rabbis of Jerusalem took it as an opportunity to invite ‘Am Israel’  to special prayers for rain.

Well, these prayers have been heard! From January 1st until today – the 26th – already 206.5 l/m2 of rain fell around Ben Gurion airport. This is way above the January average of 135 l/m2. On Friday morning even snow fell in the northern parts of Israel. Tonight there is possibility of snow in the Jerusalem area as well.

The following diagrams visualize the abundant rainfalls:

Rainfalls January 2018 (Ben Gurion Airport)

Rainfalls February 2017 – January 2018 (Ben Gurion Airport)