Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Who moved my city?

Yesterday afternoon the temperature in the shade was 44 Celsius. At arrival in Ariel University, it was 38.5 (Ariel is in Samaria, at about 400 m over sea level). We are only in May while the highest temperatures in Israel are in August-September. My hometown, Kever Benjamin, used to have a temperate Mediterranean climate, but I feel that suddenly it has been transported to the hottest spot on Earth. Where may we be now?

According to NASA (see satellite pic), the highest land skin temperature ever recorded is in the Lut Desert i.e. Dasht-e Lut (دشت لوت‎, "Emptiness Plain") measuring 159.3 F (70.7 C). How did our enemies move a 80,000 strong Jewish city so far without we noticing it? At night?

Already we are feeling the beginning of a drought. According my estimate, this summer there will be insufficient water for urban supply and irrigation. Already the Water Authority is asking to shorten showering times. Two minutes, they say, is enough.

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