Complaining about the heavy haze covering Israel — which has obscured familiar skylines and continues to make going outside a breathing hazard — is one way of dealing with this mysterious weather phenomenon.
A better way is to add a dash of creativity to the surprise sandstorm-mixed-with-heatwave-and-haze that turned the country a nuclear orange on Tuesday, a threatening gray on Wednesday and an opaque gray-white on Thursday.
Israeli photographers, videographers and creative folk of all kinds are posting amazing images, funny video clips and satirical GIFs on the wacky weather.
14-year-old Roy Adin’s 15-second video clip titled The Sky Cleaner offers a cute idea on how to bring the sunshine back. With a squeegee in hand, Roy sprays the hazy sky with some window washer and mops away the yellow-brown air. “When I saw that the sky is not bright enough I just cleaned it,” says the son of a marketing and productions expert.
On the Hazinor Facebook feed, there’s a photo of a sneeze.
The hideous turmeric-hued smog on Tuesday, according to weather forecasters, was the heaviest haze Israel has experienced in the month of September in the last 75 years. Social-media practitioners termed it a “Sandapocalypse.”
Ynet posted a 55-second drone-made video clip on its site of the country from above.
NASA posted a spectacular satellite image of the storm.
The Environmental Protection Ministry warned residents against being outside for extended periods due to the heavy presence of pollutants in the air.
The hazy conditions have cancelled flights and school trips. Tourists are still out and about but the familiar landmarks are a bit difficult to see.
Weather forecasters were taken by surprise when the sandstorm hit but now say the sun will shine again before the weekend. Here’s hoping for blue skies.