[b-hebrew] Genesis 2:6

JP vd Giessen jpvdgiessen at freeler.nl
Tue Oct 4 13:04:06 EDT 2005

See the following references about dew in Israel:
* Linacre, E.T. 1992. Climate Data and Resources. (Routledge, London) 366pp.
* Zangvill, A. 1996. Six years of dew observations in the Negev Desert, Israel. J. Arid Environments, 32, 361-71.
* Jacobs, A.F.G., B.G. Heusinkveld and S. Berkowicz 1998. Dewdeposition and early morning evaporation in a desert environment. 23rdConf. on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Albuquerque, New Mexico(Amer. Meteor. Soc.), preprints, 349-52.

Expirements in my garden (in Barneveld a dry place in the Netherlands)gave this summer very interesting results: 1liter/m2 every morning,enough for the growing of some plants like Eupatorium purpurea (1.5 m high).And this was no rain! In the period I made my experiments the daytemperature was about 27 Celsius and night temperature 18 Celsius. 
I used 3 boxes, 2 boxes with the Eupatorium purpurea (about 30 centimeters deep) and between these 2 boxes an empty box for the measurements. Most of the dew was fallen from the Eupatorium purpurea in this box, a smaller box with no plants/trees in the neighbourhood gave about 0.15 deciliter/m2

Jan Pieter van de Giessen

On Mon, 03 Oct 2005 09:35:15 -0500, Karl Randolph wrote
> This past weekend I was reminded of this verse as my 
> shoes squished in the mud. I live in a place where it 
> seldom rains from March through October, often the rains 
> start in December. But we often have heavy dew, even fog 
> in this area. Friday night and Saturday we had fog, which 
> condensed on tree leaves and on grasses and dripped to 
> the ground. The trail was actually mud under the trees. 
> The soil was damp in the grassy areas. Sunday morning 
> we a heavy dew. Though not as wet as on Saturday, it 
> certainly was not dry. No, we did not have an unusual 
> rainfall. Traditional plants, even forests, thrive in these 
> conditions. Grasses (and grains) usually put out their 
> seeds shortly after the last rains, before the dryness of 
> the summer.
> Local dryland farmers from before this place became 
> urbanized, historically recognized that a few nights of 
> heavy dew equalled a day of drizzle.
> As for the conditions in Eden, it is very doubtful that it 
> was in a desert.
> Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Vadim Cherny" <VadimCherny at mail.ru>
> > Haggai says, basically, "The drought is such that there is even no dew."
> > Nothing implies that dew (tal, no 'ed) suffices to water the plants.
> > 
> > Vadim Cherny
> --


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