“As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.” Proverbs 26:1 (The Israel Bible™)
Israelis got an unseasonable reminder of God’s ability to do the improbable when, on Wednesday, the official first day of summer, scattered rain fell from the north, down the coast, and even in the normally arid northern Negev. The unexpected wetness only lasted a few hours, disappearing before anyone could think to unpack their umbrella. Meteorologists assured everyone that the precipitation was an anomaly and that dry heat was on the ticket for the rest of the summer.
The rainy season usually begins in Israel around October and may linger until March. Jewish prayer mirrors the season in Israel, and the prayers for rain begin on Shemini Atzeret, the last day of the holiday of Sukkot. Rain can be expected until April, so today’s rain was entirely unexpected, the result of a freak flow of air from Turkey causing an imbalance of temperatures over the Mediterranean.