After a bit of additional travel, I have arrived at the beach in Tel Aviv in the middle of a puzzling dust storm which has enveloped the entire Middle East. The severe dust storm arrived in Israel on Tuesday with Jerusalem recording its worst air pollution levels ever, at 173 times normal levels. In some other parts of the country, air pollution levels were at their worst for 75 years. Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom reported that 340 Israelis received medical treatment as a result of the weather, including those suffering from asthma, respiratory problems, shortness of breath and heart issues. The result here is sweltering high humidity and heat getting up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with nearly 100% humidity.