The Rains Came. Forecasters Went

The rains came to Israel today–but not where they were needed. A heavy downpour created monumental traffic jams in Tel Aviv where scores of traffic lights were put out of action by the deluge. There were showers in the central area but only a few drops fell in the drought-ridden northern districts and there was no rain to speak of in the arid south. There is snowfall on Mt. Hermon which promises a fresh supply of water for Lake Tiberias and the Jordan River–but not until the spring thaw.

The absence of rain during what is normally Israel’s rainy season will be complemented shortly by an absence of weather forecasters. Engineers and senior technicians of the meteorological stations in Tel Aviv and Lod Airport announced a strike for tomorrow to back up their demands for wage increases. No weather forecasts will be made except those deemed essential to flights and security.

Twenty-five Jewish emigrants, comprising 10 family units from the Soviet Union, Rumania and Hungary arrived at Kennedy Airport last night, it was announced by Gaynor I, Jacobson, executive vice-president of the United Hias Service.

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