A freakishly hot summer in Jerusalem is being capped by a freak rainstorm that has swept across the city, bringing showers and joy to the capital.
The rainstorm is freakish not for the time of year — in fact it’s a bit late for the first rain of the season — but because it appears to have come out of nowhere.
Forecasts for Tuesday called for unseasonably warm weather and partially cloudy skies. The storm appears to be the result of a single large cloud that sneaked across the city.
“One cloud (the sky is clear nationwide) throws off all the models,” tweets the amateur meteorologist behind the popular Yerushamayim weather site, which crashes thanks to the storm.
“Fine, you caught me with my pants down. You don’t need to bring down the site,” he adds.
The first rain of the season is always an event in Israel, where the dry season lasts from mid-spring until early fall.
Like videos of otherwise unremarkable rain? Have a ball:
גשם!! בינתיים רק בהרי המרכז.. pic.twitter.com/VWzZ4qDsye
— שרון וכסלר (@WexlerSharon) October 20, 2020
כן, ירושלמים, יורד גשם! pic.twitter.com/iFo3PxJi4U
— Suleiman Maswadeh סולימאן מסוודה (@SuleimanMas1) October 20, 2020
הגשם חזר: ממטרים ראשונים בירושלים pic.twitter.com/pBBH7Ym5us
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) October 20, 2020