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Let’s Talk About The Weather

Today on Tablet, Amir Bogen reports on Israeli media hysteria about weather

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Damaged cars piled up due to heavy rains and flooding overnight in Beit Hefer, north of Tel Aviv, on Jan. 9, 2013. Israel and the Palestinian territories have been lashed by heavy rain and high winds since Jan. 6. (AFP/Getty)

Today on Tablet, Amir Bogen writes on the Israeli media flurries over snow and winter weather.

Overall, winter rarely brings too much of a change to Israeli everyday life. There is a slight drop in temperatures, but sunny days are still more common than rainy ones. And most of us like it when things get winterish—a few gray clouds are a welcome change from the summer’s brutal sun. But the media see it differently. Used to covering wars and conflicts, they treat the weather like it was just another military operation—if there isn’t an Amud Anan (literally meaning Cloud Column, the name given to the IDF’s last strike in Gaza, known abroad as Pillar of Defense) taking place, editors, reporters, and weathermen have to settle for another kind of cloud busting. This is how Israeli journalists became storm chasers, or, sometimes, even storm creators.

There’s good news here too. Read the rest here to find out about it.

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Let’s Talk About The Weather

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