יָם הַ‏‏מֶּ‏‏לַ‏ח (The Dead Sea)

We have just spent two days around the Dead Sea in the southern part of Israel.

For the past four or five days, Israel has been subject to many storms and downpours of torrential rain, which has caused extensive flooding.

This morning we got to see a very rare event: flooding in the desert.

Our plan for this morning was to head south from Kalya to Masada, but along route 90 we eventually reached a point where the road was flooded and it was impossible to pass.

When we arrived, we were greeted with torrents of water rushing over the road from the mountains just west of us, towards the Dead Sea in the near-east.

We had to turn around and head back to the north.  Not far north of Ein Gedi we stopped to photograph the Dead Sea during a rare moment of semi-decent weather.  The rain front can be seen in the distance over Jordan.

יָם הַ‏‏מֶּ‏‏לַ‏ח (The Dead Sea)

יָם הַ‏‏מֶּ‏‏לַ‏ח (The Dead Sea)

This small amount of time was one of the very few occasions on which we’ve seen sunshine and blue skies during our visit so far.

Israel’s weather this week is extremely rare, and this morning’s newspaper estimates 500 million shekels in damage.

 

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