Daily Israel Report

Winter Brings Rain in Eilat, Square Tires in Alaska

Eilat is “drenched” with a rare shower, the Kinneret rises with more rain on the way while Alaska and Europe are under a deep freeze.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/31/2012, 12:33 PM

Rain in Eilat
Rain in Eilat
Israel news photo courtesy of Omer Karmon

Eilat is “drenched” with a rare shower, the Kinneret rises with more rain on the way while Alaska and Europe are under a deep freeze and Alaskans are dealing with “square tires” caused by frigid weather.

Average rainfall for Eilat, Israel’s southern resort city, is virtually non-existent because precipitation usually falls no more than three times a year, if it all. An unusual weather system on Monday “drenched” the city with a small fraction of an inch of rain.

It also rained in the Dead Sea area for up to four hours as well as deep into Jordan, to the east. Partly cloudy skies prevailed throughout Israel Tuesday morning, but thunderstorms are expected in the north in the afternoon, and rain will spread to the center and perhaps the northern Negev at night and through Wednesday.

More snow will fall on the Hermon, which has become a skier’s delight.

Clear and cold weather will replace the precipitation on Friday and through next Monday. but another storm is on the long-range radar.

Across the ocean in Alaska, which is used to frigid weather, residents are battling extremely low temperatures that have reached minus 60 Fahrenheit and minus 51 Celsius. The freeze has even affected the shape of car tires, making them more square than round.

While Israelis are thrilled at more than three feet of snow on the upper slopes of the Hermon, the snowfall in parts of Alaska have reached 25 feet so far this year.

In Europe, more than 36 people have died from a severe cold wave and snow that has cut off electricity to millions of people. Dozens of shelters were opened up to dispense hot drinks and rescue homeless people. At least 10 people in Poland froze to death.