Friday, October 14, 2011

He showers down snow? In Israel?

I've always had the impression that they didn't have That Sort of Weather in that part of the world. So where does the psalmist get his familiarity with it?

He showers down snow white as wool,
he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.
He hurls down hailstones like crumbs.
The waters are frozen at His touch...


Are there any weather geeks out there who care to reply?

3 comments:

  1. On the contrary, they do on occasion, especially around the Mediterranean.

    http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/HY002370/snow-covering-the-church-of-the-holy

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  2. You know, I guess I'd heard about it happening occasionally, but the psalmist is talking about these phenomena as if he's really famliar with them. Although I suppose he might well be marvelling about a once-in-his-lifetime event. Thanks for the link. I looked it up and found a few more.

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  3. Well, I know there have been climate changes at various times. I remember reading about a period when it snowed a lot more in England than it does now. And a period when they grew grapes in England. Perhaps when the psalmist was writing was a mini ice age, a time when it was much cooler? It would be interesting to have a climate historian take a crack at finding out.

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