Despite a particularly rainy December, the water level of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) has reached its lowest point for this time of year since January 2012, the Water Authority reported on Monday.
While some parts of Israel experienced the wettest December since 1992, the hydrological response was moderate – following an October and November with nearly no rainfall at all.
As of New Year's Day, Lake Kinneret's water level stood at 213.6 meters below sea level, 60 cm. below the basin's bottom red line, and leaving the lake 4.8 meters short of full capacity, the Water Authority said.
Farther south, meanwhile, the Dead Sea's water level all dropped considerably in December, falling 13 cm and bringing the basin to 431.07 meters below sea level by January 1.
All in all, the Dead Sea's level has dropped 39 cm. during the 2016-2017 hydrological year, the Water Authority said.