Thursday, July 31, 2008

A foretaste

Israel is in the middle of her dry season. It usually lasts from around April until October. Normally the sky is cloudless and not a drop of rain falls. The last rain even has its own name in Hebrew: malkosh. And yoreh is the first rain in the autumn. That's how important they are.
But yesterday we were treated to a cooler day ("only" 28 C), a breeze, and a skyful of gray clouds! YAY!
This photo shows the situation at 8:00 a.m. as seen from my village, facing west, looking down into the Valley of Soreq. That's an electric power station marring the wooded Jerusalem Hills.
I can hardly wait for the yoreh. . . .
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41 comments:

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

that's pretty much the summer season for us in hania - the last rain fell in may, and i don't expect to see any rain again until the beginning of october. it's a wonder how anything grows here, given our splendid vegetable gardens!

ilanadavita said...

Nice view.

Rambling Woods said...

Ironic as we have too much rain.
--Michelle--
Rambling Woods

fishing guy said...

Dina: I like the view even with the power station. It's ao wonderful to see the Holiest of lands.

kjpweb said...

Fortunately it's different here this year. It's raining quite a bit, making up for some of the water we didn't get in the last 3 years.
Cheers, Klaus

Leora said...

Yes, I agree, one hardly does see clouds like that in the summer in Israel. But the sky is still that beautiful blue. Lovely photo.

Pretty Life Online said...

Great one for SWF! If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky, they would all seem too short.... mine's up too hope you can drop by.... Happy weekend!

Photo Cache said...

clouds over rolling hills---unbeatable combination.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

what a welcome site for you

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

There is much to be said for languages other than English. I think it's wonderful to have distinct names for first and last rains. I hope your first rain comes soon. Nice Sky Watch, Dina.

Greyscale Territory said...

These clouds look like a serene blanket settling over earth!

Dulce said...

Your sky looks almost like ours here in Lisbon.
Have a great weekend.

Petrea said...

This sky makes even the power station look pretty.

Gretchen said...

What a beautiful photo. I'm learning a lot about your country just by visiting your blog. Thanks!!!

shutterhappyjenn said...

It's really great when the time comes when the season is nearly changing.

Hope you can hop by my SWF photos in these blogs:
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Thanks! Happy Friday!

Suzanne said...

I like the mystery this photo has. Happy SWF.

marley said...

That is a long time without rain. No wonder the excitement at clouds! You could live here and you'd be fed up with them, cloud is all we seem to have!

Ann said...

I love the feeling of an approaching storm after a hot, hot day (especially when it finally arrives). (Did you ever experience Sydney's "southerly buster"?) Your blog is extremely interesting.

Judi~Gmj said...

Awesome photos!

Jeanne said...

One of the best things about SWF is seeing such sights from all over the world. Thanks for sharing your view. Wish we could share some of our record rainfall with you.

SandyCarlson said...

That is quite a view. Droughts are difficult times, so I hope the yoreh comes soon. That's a lovely word, by the way.

Kay said...

It feels sort of funny to hope that you get rain but I know how you feel when there's too much of a dry spell.

I haven't been able to get my Sky Watch again. Sigh... Maybe tomorrow...

Jules said...

Hi Dina - good to visit again after my week away. We are also having our dry season but when I got back it was very wet after a big downpour last night.

Cheers!!

nazzareno said...

Thanks for your visits and good weekend.

luna miranda said...

a cooler day...good for you! while in my part of the world, ut's typhoon season and monsoon. it's wet, wet, wet everyday for the past few weeks.

Old Wom Tigley said...

A great post with great information.. perfect for sky watchers everywhere.. :O)

Forgive this Copy and Paste part of my comment but I wanted you to know that your link works fine and you post is appreciated.. Thank you for joining in with the fun of Sky Watch this week.
Tom :O)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I don't blame you for wanting the yoreh to arrive! I don't know if I could live in your climate for vry long although I'd LOVE to visit Israel.

esnorway said...

great shoot have nice weekend

Julie said...

I like your image but I also liked your text. Good post, Dina.

Luiz Ramos said...

Is 28C a "cooler day" there?!!
Beautiful report and shot.

Louis la Vache said...

Nice Sky Watch, Dina!

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hello Dina! How beautiful the sky and the word, yoreh. It's not unusual to place emphasis on an event which is so critical. The Innuits,I believe, have hundreds of words describing the different phases and textures of snow. Have a wonderful weekend! Petra

Debbie said...

Nice photo. Enjoyed the rest of your blog too on this, my first, visit to you.

JC said...

YEA!! CLOUDS! We were told by our guide that Israel is in a five year draught (sp?). Of course, that was reason enough for us to pray for rain but we wanted the rain to wait until we left. HA!! Let me know if you get any rain soon. I'm skipping SkyWatch in favor of vacation postings. I'll be back to it next week. Blessings, JC

babooshka said...

Even your rainfall has wonderful names.

Kelly said...

Beautiful picture of your country. I enjoy your blog very much!

Catherine said...

Beautiful skywatch capture!
Enjoy your clouds! :D
Happy weekend, and happy sky~watching!
Cat

Dave Coulter said...

I'll try and send some rain your way! Happy SWF :)

Brenda said...

Glorious sky photo, lovely hills!

Shimmy Mom said...

I hope you get your rain soon!

Louise said...

That is quite a beautiful photo. Our dry season is opposite yours.