Heavy Snow in Jerusalem is Neither New Nor Alarming

snowForget for the moment that Jerusalem gets a heavy snowstorm every seven years on average and you might, just might, think that something is amiss with the climate in that region. Actually, the climate is behaving as expected, contrary to the alarmists who contend climate change, aka global warming, is behind the snowstorm that hit Israel (bold added):

An uncommon winter blizzard has left Jerusalem and neighboring countries buried in over 10 inches of snow, due to a cold front that hit the Middle East on Thursday and Friday.

Reminiscent of the snow storms gripping the East Coast in the United States, the blizzard left many scrambling to purchase gas heaters in countries including Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.


Some attribute the unusual weather to climate change. Israel has experienced a rise of about two degrees Fahrenheit in temperature over the last 30 years. Amir Givati — who heads the surface water department at the Israel Water Authority — says the past two years are proof of the climate changes occurring in Israel.

Unfortunately for Givati, the average temperature has not risen anywhere near 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) over the last 30 years for Israel, but rather approximately .5 degrees Celsius since 1984 (last thirty years). In fact, winters have been so cold in Israel they’ve had heavy snow for two years in a row. Globally, there has been no statistical warming for over 18 years.

This excerpt is from December 2013 (bold added):

Snow began falling in Jerusalem Thursday morning in the heaviest December storm since 1953. The winter weather system intensified across the country since beginning Tuesday night.

A snowstorm hit Mount Hermon later on Thursday, after dozens of centimeters of snow have accumulated on the mount since Tuesday. Dozens of millimeters of rain have fallen in the Gush Dan (the Tel Aviv area), Sharon and Galilee regions since Wednesday night.

You can’t have more snow in a warming world according to the IPCC, which considers itself the authority on the subject, and dictates that there is no correlation between climate change and precipitation. Givati continues with the global warmist’s mantra that says you can have it both ways (bold added):

“On the one hand, we got a long drought period last year when we didn’t get any precipitation for months in northern Israel and Jerusalem,” he said. “And on the other hand, last year we had this huge snowstorm that occurred in December. . . . The drought was the heaviest for a century. And the snow was also a record for a century.

Israel is getting snow for one simple reason: a blast of Arctic air plunged its way far enough south to turn the moisture evaporating off the normally warm Mediterranean sea into snow (ocean snow effect), laying a blanket of snow in its wake. It happens often to cities that border large bodies of water and where the jet stream dips low enough to allow this frigid air to come down.

The alarmists would also have you believe that snow is not precipitation when in actuality it is: “If the temperature is around 30 degrees, ten inches of snow might equal an inch of rain. And if the temperature is only 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it might take 18 to 24 inches of snow to equal one inch of liquid water.”

The point is that ever since people started documenting weather events in the Middle East (and elsewhere), the only pattern that has emerged is that there is no pattern. The climate is doing what it has been doing for millions of years: changing. Sometimes for the best, sometimes not so much.

If it all sounds disturbingly familiar to the Salem ‘witch’ trials, in which a person was blamed if a crop failed, or bad weather ensued, or someone took ill, you wouldn’t be far off the mark.

Now we say ‘extreme weather’ is the fault of our ‘pagan‘ lifestyles. Why? Because we responsibly enjoy the benefits of our constantly evolving technology that certain groups would deny giving to developing countries or make us pay additional fees as a penalty for using it.