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Kinneret rises 10 centimeters during weekend storm
By SHARON UDASIN
15/12/2013
 
The Kinneret, as well as the nation's aquifers, reaped the benefits of the mega-storm, with large amounts of rain falling in the North, the Center and the Western Negev. Since the beginning of the storm on Wednesday through Sunday morning, the Kinneret's water level rose 10 centimeters, bringing it to 211.30 meters below sea level, the Water Authority said. The basin is missing 2.50 meters from reaching full capacity.

Out of all the water drenched regions, the Western Negev received the greatest quantities, at approximately 200 millimeters, the Water Authority said.

The rains also led to strong flows in the Shikma, Lachish, Basor and Ayalon streams. At Nahal Shikma, located in the Western Negev, such strong flow occurs only once every 25 years, the Water Authority said. In the Ayalon, however, the flow was not able to top that of last January, when enthusiasts went tubing down the river and its adjacent overflowed highway. While flow rate reached 400 cubic meters per second in January 2013, during this storm it reached only 180 cubic meters per second, the Water Authority said.

Stream flows in the Lake Kinneret drainage system strengthened until Friday, but these flow levels were not considered abnormal, the Water Authority added.
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