Nechemia was photographed at the YMCA building in Jerusalem. He says he makes a conscious effort to never talk about other cities in his forecast, particularly Tel Aviv. If the rival city has to be mentioned, it will be written as “Western coast" or “the city next to the central train station." A detail-oriented weatherman is not a typical candidate for a cult following, but Israeli meteorologist Boaz Nechemia has managed to amass one thanks to Yerushamayim, his wildly popular independent weather forecasting website and app. The name combines the Hebrew for Jerusalem, “Yerushalayim, ” with the word “shamayim, ” meaning sky, and reflects the hyperlocal focus of the project; as far as Jerusalem native Nechemia is concerned, there is no need to cover, or even mention, anywhere else. Yerushamayim has a casual style, peppered with humorous local references and in-jokes, and prides itself on accuracy and a participatory format, with lively discussion forums, photo submissions and users voting on how they experience the weather. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 The False Mirror Compositions inspired by the iconic clouds—and surrealist sensibilities—of René Magritte. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Fredi Otto One scientist's mission to prove the link between extreme weather and climate change. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Swept Away A short history of wild weather on-screen. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Sun Seekers Author Lyra Kilston charts a fascinating scene from the Golden State’s vast counterculture mythology. Arts & Culture Issue 38 In Season Can charged weather recharge the mind? Arts & Culture Issue 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts.