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IN PICTURES: On eve of Sukkot, surprise rain storms Israel: From rain in Haifa and Tel Aviv to lightning storms in north.

Heavy rains hit Israel Wednesday, taking the country by surprise with heavy thunder and lightning shaking Israel on the eve of the Sukkot holiday, which many Israelis mark by holding special dinner in the Sukkah – a hand-made wooden booth or shack set up outside.

 

 

Rainbow over Kfar Vradim in north
Rainbow over Kfar Vradim in north

 

Rain began falling hard in the early afternoon, with massive thunderstorms being reported in the north. In the later afternoon the rains began to reach Tel Aviv. In Safed in the north, a number of Sukkot were torn down by the aggressive weather.

 

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After lightning struck a group of trees in the Safsufa (Kfar Hoshen), a small fire erupted; similar fires were reported throughout the northern Israel.

 

Fire in Safsufa (Photo: David Sharabi)
Fire in Safsufa (Photo: David Sharabi)

 

Rainbow in Eilat at Israel's southern tip (Photo: Tomer Amar)
Rainbow in Eilat at Israel's southern tip (Photo: Tomer Amar)

Rain in central Israel (Tomer Tako)
Rain in central Israel (Tomer Tako)

 

While the initial forecast predicated rain in the south and east, but the rain in the north and central Israel caught meteorologists by surprise.

 

Thunderstorm shakes central Israel
Thunderstorm shakes central Israel

Palm tree struggles in north (Photo: Netanel Elisha)
Palm tree struggles in north (Photo: Netanel Elisha)

Meteorologist Tzahi Waxman from Meteo-Tech spoke to Ynet and explained that "we are currently experience something that is very common in autumn – but not winter. Hot air is concentrated in the atmosphere's lower layers - close to the ground - while cold air has penetrated those higher up.

 

"The meeting between the two causes storm clouds, which lead to rain, lighting and thunder."  


Thunder and rain in Haifa
Thunder and rain in Haifa

Thunderstorm in the north
Thunderstorm in the north

Bnei Re'em
Bnei Re'em

Rain in Rishon Lezion in central Israel (Photo: Avi Muallem)
Rain in Rishon Lezion in central Israel (Photo: Avi Muallem)

 

Waxman say the rain can continue until tomorrow, but notes the thunderstorm will begin to calm towards the nighttime.

 

 

 

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