Later that morning we joined Jim (Geoff's mentor) on his way to the airport to pick up a consultant hired to advise the projects we are here to work on. We passed broken trees, flooded roads, and watched pedestrians seek shelter from freezing rain and gusting wind under street signs blown over in the storm. It was cold, windy, and really, really wet. Though it is rainy season, such downpours in this location (the edge of the desert) are not common in this part (or any) of Israel.
Though fairly wet in the process, we managed to avoid joining others in collisions along the main highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and successfully picked up the consultant. Jim put him right to work and we headed directly to an office in Modi'in, outside Tel Aviv, where one of Jim's partners manages a team of highly skilled photographers and designers. The power was out in the building, and a river seemed to be forming in the streets, running toward the lower level shopping area across the street.
The weather continues to be crazy, and the forecast isn't warm and fuzzy. Schools in the West Bank have been closed and more may follow as a result of flooding, lightening strikes, power outages, and forecasts that show the worst yet to come.
I'd show more of my own pictures, but quite frankly, there is no way my camera is going out in that weather and coming back alive. This is also why we do not have pics to post of our new abode. The inside is available, but I prefer to wait to show the grounds as well, just to keep everything in context.
The same windy, stormy music woke me again this morning at 2:30 a.m., and may be the soundtrack for the week. I've never had jet lag before, and blame the storm entirely...though that's probably not completely fair.
As for now, I'm sitting on our warm couch, with a radiant heater pointed in my direction, listening to gusting wind, creaking trees, and spastic down pours outside. Poor Geoff missed out on all the snow in Texas, but may just get his wish as this crazy storm is expected to drop a few inches in Jerusalem on Thursday. Kosher slush, anyone?