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Windstorm, May 4, 2009

Kibbutz Nir-Oz, May 4

Kibbutz Nir-Oz, May 4

Windstorm!

It wasn’t just in the Negev, but rather all over Israel. Today was a combination ‘sharav’ (unusually hot heatwave) and windstorm. In the morning, on the way to school, I shot these photos on Nir-Oz:

kids' bikes parked by the school bus station

kids' bikes parked by the school bus station

 

The storm got dustier and sandier as the temperature rose.

While my Grade 12 students were getting cozy with their English pre-Matriculation exam, suddenly there was a huge creak and the lights went out.

A tree had fallen on the Library roof and along with that sunken roof out went our power cables.

Windstorm, May 4, tree falls onto Library, Ma'ale Habsor

Windstorm, May 4, tree falls onto Library, Ma'ale Habsor

 

 

Close-up of roots, fallen tree

Close-up of roots, fallen tree

 

 

Along with the powerful winds, sandstorm and heat, came the effects of classrooms without air conditioners, flies and short tempers.

School was something else today, but we studied, nonetheless.

At around 3 p.m, the weather seemed to break, but at 5:00 p.m., instead of walking home through still sandy air, I bused home.

Back on the kibbutz, I surveyed the scattered branches, the flowers scattered all over my porch and then saw the huge branch which had fallen just a metre or so from a neighbour’s front door.

One of those May days, when who knows what’s in store.

Have an interesting week,

Judih

May 4/09

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