16 February 2012

"Yerushamayim"

23 Shevat 5772

New Israeli website caters to Jerusalem's annual 'snowmania'

From conversations with Jerusalemites, especially the born and bred, it seems the time has come to define "Jerusalem snowmania" as an official psychological ailment,....

Yerushamayim (a combination of the Hebrew words for Jerusalem and sky ), was established in 2002 by former meteorologist and present-day computer man Boaz Nehemia. He runs it from home, and updates the weather every 10 minutes.

It has become a lodestone for Jerusalem weather addicts, as well as a sideline for Nehemia.

Surfers can not only get updated weather reports but also specific answers and analyses from Nehemia, the webmaster, who might also be deemed "the prophet."

The stormier it is outdoors, Nehemia says, the more his visitors shovel a cyber-path to his virtual door seeking answers to their weather questions.

And of course, the ultimate question is always - when will it snow? How much accumulation will there be?

YERUSHAMAYIM