Snowstorm brings havoc and hardship across Middle East

Jerusalem

Snow in Cairo yet nightime temperatures no lower than 6 degrees. Snow would not normally fall at those temperatures. This is yet more evidence that the Middle East is either being subjected deliberately to weather modification programmes, or indirectly owing to the huge swings in the climate that result from geoengineering, in particular the manipulation of the Jetstream. If you don’t believe that snow storms can be artificially created, then you should familiarise yourself with the patents for artificial ice nucleation for weather modification, including one from NASA. The type of snow that can be generated through this technology tends to be very heavy and wet and can fall at temperatures far above freezing. The Chinese government actually did this over Beijing in 2009. Meanwhile, back here in the UK. forecasters are warning of 100 mph winds to batter the country by Thursday. Expect, therefore, to see the sky awash with trails as they try to accentuate this storm system.

Snow has covered swaths of the Holy Land as storm Alexa continued to cause havoc across the Middle East, bringing misery to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in tents and makeshift shelters.

In Jerusalem, meteorologists said the worst storm to hit the city for 60 years had left snow up to 50cm deep in some areas.

Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv was briefly closed on Friday morning, and major roads were littered with abandoned cars. Motorists were stranded in their vehicles for up to 12 hours as snow blocked highways.

Public transport was cancelled and schools were closed for the second day. Thousands of homes were without power as snow-laden trees collapsed, bringing down power lines.

Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, described the snowstorm as a “tsunami”, for which the city council was unprepared.

Three evacuation centres were set up to help more than 1,000 people stranded overnight.

Residents of Ramallah, in the West Bank, awoke to blizzard conditions and widespread power cuts. Other areas of the West Bank, including the Palestinian cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, were struggling to cope with heavy snowfalls.

Gaza, whose residents have been forced to deal with 12- to 16-hour power cuts as a result of the severe fuel shortage in the tiny coastal strip, has been affected by heavy flooding as well as the first snowfall in a decade. Dozens of people have been injured.

The Israeli military opened a crossing to allow deliveries of gas for heating and other humanitarian supplies into the blockaded Gaza strip. Four water pumps were due to be delivered to help with widespread flooding.

The snowstorm, which follows a November of record-high temperatures and glorious sunshine, is the second in the Holy Land within a year. Jerusalem and other areas were also blanketed in snow last January.

Storm Alexa has brought blizzards, torrential rain and icy winds to the region this week. Aid agencies have warned that the weather is catastrophic for hundreds of thousands of refugees enduring the bitter cold in flimsy tents and makeshift shelters.

Read more here: http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2013/dec/13/middle-east-snow-storm-alexa

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